Gina Carano's contract expires in June, but Dana White 'confident' she'll fight in UFC

Esther Lin for Sho Sports

The former "face of women's MMA" has not competed since a loss to Cris Cyborg in late 2009.

Time is running out.

Former Strikeforce featherweight contender, Gina Carano, is oh-so-close to making her mixed martial arts (MMA) comeback, assuming she can come to terms with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and head cheese Dana White, who met with "Conviction" just last week.

And he tells MMA Fighting he's "confident" they'll get a deal done this year:

"There's no deal with Gina but I think she's pretty serious about fighting. It was a great meeting. Gina Carano is as awesome a person as you would expect her to be. If this thing happens, I'll be excited. I'm pretty confident. Her Strikeforce contract is up in June, so we'll see what happens."

She can always start fresh with a new deal after the fact, or see what the open market is willing to pay for a name with as much clout as hers. While she hasn't seen action in nearly five years, her Hollywood exploits have left her a bona fide star in the combat sports' circles.

A fact that is surely not lost on the boys at Viacom.

But bringing Carano (7-1) back to the cage means creating a featherweight division, or asking her to work with someone like Mike Dolce to help her find her way to the bantamweight limit. It should be noted that "Conviction" has struggled to make the 145-pound mark in the past and she's now 32 years old.

Tick tock, tick tock.

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