Dana White's attempts to sign Gina Carano to the UFC have hit a major roadblock as movie studios are reluctant to sign off on letting Carano fight.
According to Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter, a deal to bring Carano back to the UFC is in place but the movie studio she's working with have moved to block the deal over worries a loss could affect her star power.
It's a very legitimate concern, especially with Carano one of the major stars and it's going to be interesting to see how Dana White can get them to sign off, considering the heavy favourite that champion, Ronda Rousey is already.
Carano hasn't fought since 2009, where she lost to Cristine 'Cyborg' Justino via first round knockout, in what was the biggest fight in women's MMA history at the time and Rousey is an undefeated wrecking machine that stands alone atop the division.
Just two weeks ago, Rousey finished off her latest challenger, Alexis Davis, in just 16 seconds and it's left many wondering if Rousey will ever be beaten.
In response to Rousey clearing out most of the top opposition, White has moved to sign former boxer, Holly Holm and Carano, to help boost the potential challengers, as Cat Zingano, the current number one contender returns from injury.
As such, a potential end of year clash for Carano and Rousey has been touted as the most likely option and White even promised to have the deal done soon but this roadblock could force the UFC into an audible on their plans.
"I'm going to meet with Gina next week and get that f---ing thing done," White said. "It's just a matter of me and Lorenzo [Fertitta] going to jump on a plane to Los Angeles, get in a room with her and her lawyer and get this thing done." White told fans.
With her being away from the octagon for so long, it would be no surprise to see Carano lose, but with how far women's MMA has come in the last five years, there's also the worry she could lose to an up-and-comer.
If the UFC isn't able to go forward with Carano, then they'll have a huge conundrum on their hands, especially with Rousey looking so dominant.
Holm has said herself she isn't ready. Zingano is just returning from a near 17 month layoff. Beth Correia hasn't beat her second 'Horsewoman'. Rin Nakai is just unproven. And long time rival (in words at least), 'Cyborg' hasn't fought at 135lb before.
The UFC and their 'Rousey predicament' continues on and there seems to be no end in sight, especially if one of these fighters falters.
In a year from now, Rousey could have an abundance of worth contenders, all lined up to fight but right now, her own dominance could kill women's MMA, something she once criticised 'Cyborg' of doing.
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