Gina Carano ‘very open’ to a return to MMA

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last week rumors were circulating that the UFC was talking to Gina Carano about a return to fighting. UFC President Dana White denied those rumors, but Fox Sports recently spoke to Carano and although she gave no details, stated she was open to a return under the right circumstances:

“I don't mind it at all. I've never retired. I've never officially said that,” Carano said. “For some reason a part of me has always kept it open. I don't know, there's a certain part of me that thinks if circumstances were right, and I could keep doing what I'm trying to make my future into, that's an ideal world. If circumstances were right, you never know. I'm very open to it.”

The circumstances could mean any number of scenarios, but first and foremost Carano still wants to be able to pursue her acting career without sacrificing the foundation she's built in the past five years. While she couldn't reveal the nature of how far her discussions have gone about coming back, Carano did say there have been some interesting conversations already, and she's open to the possibility of returning if everything falls perfectly into place.

“I feel like I can't say too much. I've got all this information that if I could just speak freely, this is actually what's going on,” Carano teased. “I wish I could open up my mind and tell you exactly the things that I've seen and the conversations that I've had, but I think to sum it up in a nice, safe way for me is if circumstances were right, and if it's a good enough circumstance (I would come back) because my first love is MMA. 

“It's not something that I ever really like to share with people, it's something that I did because it made me feel good. I had no idea how popular MMA was ever going to get. It's just something that really straightened me out. It wasn't yoga, it wasn't anything else, and it still is something that I practice and I love to train. Of course I haven't trained for a fight in a long time, so it gets kind of interesting when these rumors start coming up. But if I ever did do something like that, I would want the circumstances to be correct and right.”

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