"I think [Gina Carano getting an immediate title shot] would be the best thing for women's MMA. I think it would be the highest profile fight that could be done. I don't think it would make sense for her to come back and fight somebody else and take the risk of maybe losing and not being able to capitalize on the fight between me and her. I think it would make more sense to go straight to a title fight.... She's one of the pioneers on the sport. She's the reason I fight at all. You can't say she's just coming in off the street. How can you say no to the woman that I owe everything to? I would bend over backward to fight her. I'm not going to make her run through the gauntlet to fight me. I would show up at her house if that's where she wanted to fight."
-- Earlier this afternoon inside the California Room inside Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continued its media tour to promote UFC 173, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 24, 2014. However, the hottest topic, quite literally, of conversation was a dream fight between women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, and the female who blazed her path several years ago, Gina Carano. Sorry, Renan, T.J., Robbie and Jake. "Rowdy" actually crashed the party, joining company president Dana White -- who has plans to speak with Carano about a potential return to competition later this evening -- to weigh-in on a potential showdown (transcription above via MMAFighting,com). And, unsurprisingly, Rousey is all in, claiming that Carano, UFC and combat sports fans all deserve to see it happen sooner rather than later to avoid missing out on it altogether. If Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano is somehow booked, White confirmed that it would have to take place at 135 pounds, a mark that Carano made just once throughout her mixed martial arts (MMA) career.