Dana White: 'Beautiful' Gina Carano still under UFC contract, but I never talked to her or said she was coming back

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I heard a rumor ... they say [MMA fans] got a broken heart ...

Joe Rogan: Stand-up comic, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator, and full-time troublemaker.

Not long after Ronda Rousey defeated Sara McMann at UFC 170 to retain her bantamweight championship -- as well as her undefeated streak -- Rogan teased a "huge announcement" regarding women's mixed martial arts (MMA), one that would be "crazy."

Get those straight jackets ready.

While UFC President Dana White would not lend any insight into what Rogan was hyping, he did say that any talk of Gina Carano coming back to UFC was nothing but a rumor. While she's still under contract (four fights) following the acquisition of Strikeforce, he's never once talked to her about her future in combat sports.

From the UFC Fight Night 37 media scrum (watch it):

"Gina is under contract. She's got four fights left on her Strikeforce contract. Never once have I talked to Gina Carano. I don't really know her that well. I met her at a fight one time. She's sweet. She's beautiful. I like her. That's it. Never once did I say Gina was coming back. That's some rumor that got started."

Carano (7-1) hasn't seen the inside of a cage in over four years, bolting for Hollywood after a technical knockout loss to Strikeforce nemesis Cris Cyborg in late 2009. In addition, she often struggled to make the featherweight limit and has yet to compete under the UFC banner, making a potential Rousey title fight a bit of a stretch.

But hey, whatever sells tickets, I suppose.

To that end, Cat Zingano is expected to make her UFC return in July, and outside of Alexis Davis, is probably the most deserving candidate for a crack at "Rowdy's" crown. Expect to have a definitive answer -- in either direction -- in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

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