According to an April 12 report from MMA Fighting, there's a good chance Gina Carano will be sitting cageside for the UFC 175 co-main fight between UFC champ Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis. UFC 175 might just be the event where Dana White announces Carano's long-awaited return to the cage.
Carano, 31, explained on "The Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson that she'll be meeting with White this week to discuss a possible fight under the UFC banner. Could it be that Carano will end up fighting the winner of Rousey vs Davis? That all depends who you ask, but there's a strong chance that could happen.
Here's the thing: The UFC's biggest card of the year historically falls on the weekend following Christmas Day. With that said, it's obvious the UFC wants to have Carano on the year-end show in December. Carano against anyone would do huge numbers, but especially her against Rousey or Davis would be especially appealing.
Should Rousey happen to lose to Davis at UFC 175, pitting her against Carano might make perfect sense business-wise for the UFC. Rousey, 27, would still be a heavy favorite against Carano, even if she lost to Davis at UFC 175. That could still be a huge fight on the UFC's year-end card, even though Carano hasn't fought in five years.
If Davis defeats Rousey at UFC 175, the UFC might want to put her up against Cat Zingano just to give her the chance to defend her title once before a rematch against the star judoka. It all depends how her UFC 175 fight actually plays out. Davis vs Zingano for the bantamweight strap, with Rousey vs Carano in the co-main, could make for two great fights on the year-end UFC card.
UFC 175, which is set for July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, features Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida in the main event and Rousey vs Davis in the co-main. UFC 175 will undoubtedly be the UFC's best card of 2014, at least until the December card goes down. Rousey and Weidman will both be putting their UFC's titles on the line at UFC 175.