Does Carano deserve an immediate title shot?
Last week UFC President Dana White says he will be signing Gina Carano next week, and previously has said she should receive an immediate title shot.
In ESPN's weekly segement, 'The Weigh-In' guest panelist Holly Holm joined Brett Okamoto and Mike Huang to discuss the merit of a Carano title shot:
Holly Holm: Carano has been on the big show before, so she can handle the pressure. There are a lot of girls who have been working hard for a shot who might deserve it a little more than someone who has been out that long, but Carano has put a lot of time in before. She's earned her spot in certain ways. Who am I to say Carano is undeserving of an opportunity? I'll let the promoter make those decisions.
Brett Okamoto: At first, I was opposed to the idea of Carano coming in off a five-year layoff and getting an immediate title shot. It felt a little ridiculous. But after watching Ronda Rousey's plast two fights last a combined 92 seconds, I'm far less against it. If Rousey is going to run through opponents anyway, she might as well do it against someone who can help her sell the fight. I'd still like to see Rousey face top contender Cat Zingano first, though.
Mike Huang: No. Despite the marquee allure and star power of a Carano-Rousey matchup, the fact is Carano hasn't fought in nearly five years. It might even do a disservice to the sport if she does get a title shot immediately. Let her get her legs back and shake off the cage rust with a couple of bouts. Let's not forget how brutally she lost to Cristiane Justino. And the sport has advanced since then.