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Since the Strikeforce days, fight fans have been clamoring for a showdown between current UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and former 145-pound champion Cristiane Santos. And though the fight isn't necessarily out of the question, "Rowdy's" manager, Darin Harvey, says a fight against Gina Carano would be a bigger fight and a "huge" and "monumental" pay-per-view (PPV) event when compared to one against "Cyborg."
While a much-desired fight between current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cristiane Santos is looking less and less likely to happen anytime soon -- seeing as how "Cyborg" has taken her talents to Invicta FC -- Darin Harvey, manager to Rousey, says a fight against Santos probably isn't the biggest fight to make for his client, anyway.
Appearing on today's (Feb. 25, 2013) edition of The MMA Hour, Harvey said a showdown against the former poster girl for women's mixed martial arts (MMA), Gina Carano, whose only loss came at the hands of "Cyborg" in 2009, would be a much bigger fight than taking on the powerful Brazilian.
And while he doesn't really see a fight between "Rowdy" and "Conviction" happening anytime soon, if ever, Darvin believes this would be the money fight to make as far as "super fights" are concerned.
"Gina has a very lucrative movie career and it doesn't really make a lot of sense for Gina, but, Gina is a fighter in her heart and I think Gina may want to prove that she can beat someone like Ronda who is considered the best. I am very close to her (Carano's) manager and we've talked about it on occasion. But, I would never want to see her (Rousey) fight with somebody that I like. It's a very tough thing, but, it is a business and they would get in. Sparring partners get together and they beat the crap out of each other in the gym so they certainly could do it for real. From a PR and pay-per-view (PPV) perspective it would be a huge, huge monumental event."
So why would a fight against Gina be bigger for Rousey as opposed to one against Santos? According to Harvey, Carano's movie-star status puts her over the top:
"I think Carano because she is a bigger name, you know? She's a movie star and they are both incredibly beautiful girls. And, by the way, I'm not saying 'Cyborg' is not attractive, you know what I mean?"
Though Carano hasn't slammed the door shut on a return to fighting and UFC President Dana White is keeping his door open, Gina is currently enjoying a very prosperous acting career in Hollywood, so trading in the red carpet and working with some of Tinseltown's heaviest-hitters for a chance to get hit in the face for real, seems highly unlikely.
Meanwhile, Rousey solidified her spot as the new face of women's MMA as she delivered a near-perfect performance in defeating Liz Carmouche this past weekend (Feb. 23, 2013) via first-round armbar at UFC 157, defending her 135-pound title in what was the first-ever fight for women inside the Octagon.
The win not only proved important for Rousey, but for women's overall future with the promotion as "Rowdy" and "Girl-Rilla" showed they could headline a pay-per-view (PPV) event, entertaining fight fans during the entire duration of their one-round battle which left many fight fans clamoring for more.
As Rousey takes some much-needed time off from the public eye, Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano will collide at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale on April 14, 2013 for the a potential chance at getting the next crack at Ronda's crown.
Any of you out there agree with Harvey on this one? Is Rousey vs. Carano a much bigger fight than a bout pitting Ronda against "Cyborg?"