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Ronda Rousey says it's Gina Carano pushing for bantamweight showdown

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Rousey is aware of Carano's punching power, but remains confident of winning the long-rumoured clash (©GettyImages)
Rousey is aware of Carano's punching power, but remains confident of winning the long-rumoured clash (©GettyImages).

UFC Women's Bantamweight champ, Ronda Rousey has said that its Gina Carano who is pushing for a fight at 135lb, not her, as she plans her MMA return.

Carano hasn't fought an MMA bout in over five years and was a featherweight during most of her eight fight career that saw her become one of the figureheads of Women's MMA.

Since then, Rousey has become the figurehead of the sport and despite wreaking havoc on the bantamweight division, Carano isn't worried about fighting on Rousey's level.

Rousey defiant over Carano speculation?

According to Rousey in an interview with BloodyElbow this weekend, it is Carano who is pushing for a possible fight between the two to happen at 135lbs, although that doesn't bother Rousey so much.

"She's been the one insisting on fighting at 135, so yeah, I would love to fight her at 135. I prefer that, definitely. I feel like there's where I'm at my athletic peak." She told the interviewer.

Although the fight is billed at 135lb and that's the weight the fighters would have to make at weigh-ins the day before, Rousey admitted that come fight night, she's usually put on a dozen pounds or so.

Weighty issue

"I walk into the Octagon around 148, and I usually walk around at 150." Said the champ.

However, what will have intrigued most fans from the Q and A is Rousey admitting that the match up of her versus Carano, is one that worries her.

"I think Gina is the worst style match up for me actually. One of the reasons why I've been so excited to fight her, was because she has that feeling of distance, and that feeling of timing, and mobility to put those touches in her punches where she has that one punch knockout power.

I think styles do make fights, and style wise, Gina is the absolute worst match up for me. That's why I've been wanting to fight her for a while, because she could be one of my biggest challenges."

Building hype or airing worries?

Whether or not Rousey truly fears Carano and her one-punch KO power (Carano only won three fights KO and one of them was Doctor's Stoppage) is unclear but Dana White and the UFC certainly will be happy with the PR job.

Rousey is one of the UFC's golden gooses and her ability to sell a fight and transfer over into the mainstream so easily is unrivalled in her division and even most other fighters in the UFC.

She'll have to go to some lengths to match the hype of Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier's scuffle but a matchup with Carano could see Rousey headline her third UFC PPV.

Clash of future silver screen stars

The two burgeoning Hollywood action stars would be perhaps even more interesting a fight than Rousey's rematch with Miesha Tate and could only really be topped by Rousey facing off against 'Cyborg' Justino.

It's no wonder the UFC are doing everything they can to make the fight and it could be one of the big pillars to a successful 2015.

Jones-Cormier, the return of Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz and a Rousey-Carano showdown would be a start for the New Year, the question now is can they make it happen and avoid injury.

Only time will tell.

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