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Carano interested in resuming MMA career with UFC

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Andrew Robichaud, TSN.ca
4/4/2014 9:16:56 AM
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Gina Carano has some fight left in her yet.

The mixed martial artist-turned-actress said on Thursday's edition of The Arsenio Hall Show that she is "actually kind of considering" a comeback to the octagon and will be meeting with UFC president Dana White next week to discuss her future.

"It's something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn't know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback," she said. "So I'm either going to do it now or retire and say, I'm never going to do it. So now is the moment."

Carano (7-1) has never fought in the UFC, despite her contract being absorbed when the organization's parent company, Zuffa LLC, purchased Strikeforce in 2011. 

Her first and only loss of her career came in her last fight - against another potential UFC signee, Cris Cyborg - back in August 2009.

Should Carano and White come to some sort of an agreement, the former face of women's MMA would enter into the Ronda Rousey sweepstakes in the quest to dethrone the undefeated women's bantamweight champion. 

Rousey, who most recently scored her first TKO victory in a win against fellow former Olympian Sara McMann, is awaiting the announcement of her next opponent. The water, however, isn't so clear.

Carano would be near the top of that list along with Cyborg if she was willing to fight at 135 pounds. Also, division stalwarts Cat Zingano, who is the No. 1 title contender but remains out with a knee injury, and Alexis Davis, currently riding a five-fight win streak, are very much a part of the conversation. Even former 18-time boxing world champion and undefeated mixed martial artist Holly Holm could find her way into a title shot if she can work out a deal with the UFC.

Carano isn't looking that far ahead. All she knows is that she's not necessarily ready to hang up the gloves.

"There's not a workout that I go through that I'm not fighting somebody in my mind," she said, "and it's never gone away."

Gina Carano (Photo: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

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