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Gina Carano's MMA return means UFC needs to open female 145-pound division

According to an Apr. 4 report from Yahoo! Sports, UFC President Dana White said at a media scrum before UFC 171 that he would not do a catchweight fight for Gina Carano.

White is also known for being opposed to "one-off" bouts, or a type of clash that would put Carano in a fight in a division the UFC doesn't have.

White, who will be meeting with Carano this week, will undoubtedly discuss these topics with the former Strikeforce star as she ponders her return to MMA.

UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey said she would move up in weight to accomodate Carano, but the UFC currently has no featherweight division.

I would love that. I've always said that. I never would have known women's MMA existed if I hadn't seen her fight. I never knew there was such a thing until her. To fight her would be a real honor, and I think it would be a milestone for the sport.

Props to Rousey for doing her part to make the fight happen, but it's highly unlikely that White would agree to a 140-pound female fight in the UFC unless there is a full division around it.

Analysis: What the UFC needs to do is open a female 145-pound division.

The bantamweight division might be the Ronda Rousey show, but the featherweight division could be the Gina Carano show for at least a little while to get things moving.

Once the female 145-pound division gets rolling, they could introduce Cris "Cyborg" Santos and Marloes Coenen into the mix.

There are plenty of other great female 145-pounders out there, with Ediane Gomes and Julia Budd still currently active.