According to a May 6 report from Yahoo! Sports, UFC bantamweight contender Miesha Tate thinks it would be bad for women's MMA if the UFC signed a bout pitting former Strikeforce star Gina Carano against current 135-pound champ Ronda Rousey. Tate, 27, says a match between Carano and Rousey would be a joke. She thinks Carano should have to fight her way into a title shot with Rousey, if she plans to come back at all.
Carano never gave up on her dream of fighting in the UFC, but she has now been absent from MMA for five years. If she does return to the sport, Tate thinks it would make women's MMA look silly if the UFC pitted her against Rousey right away. Rousey is arguably the greatest female fighter to have ever lived, so Carano would be a huge underdog in that fight.
Not many fight fans give Carano much of a chance of lasting even a round with Rousey, so a growing number of hardcore UFC supporters are hoping the fight doesn't happen. Women's MMA has come a long way from its early days, when it was nothing more than a sideshow spectacle for people to "ohh" and "ahh" at. Most fight fans know the ladies bring it just as hard as their male counterparts, so a clash between Carano and Rousey would most definitely set the sport back.
Sure Carano vs Rousey would sell a ton of pay-per-views, but its not worth it at the end of the day because it would tarnish the UFC's image. The UFC has done a great job avoiding wacky celebrity superfights to help maintain MMA's image as a legitimate sport. Hershel Walker, Shaq and Jose Canseco each expressed interest in fighting for the UFC, but the promotion resisted the urge to accept because they knew it would make the sport look bad.
The UFC wants to feature high-level fighters, not just big-name celebrities who want to test their combat skills. Tate thinks Carano vs Rousey would delegitimize women's MMA, but "Cupcake" isn't opposed to taking a fighter against the former Strikeforce star. Tate thinks Carano should have to fight her way into a title shot, so she believes she would make for a perfect opponent.