Screeeeeech! New report slams the brakes on Gina Carano's UFC deal

Esther Lin

Gina Carano to UFC? Not just yet ...

Gina Carano can be a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, or she can be a Hollywood action star.

But can she be both?

That depends on whether or not Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White can convince the studio that "Conviction" can still be the belle of the box office, even if she gets smashed by UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

From Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter:

Gina Carano to the UFC is not as much of a lock as I thought it was yesterday. Movie conflicts. Studio has to sign off. Studio worried that losing to Ronda will hurt Gina's action hero allure. Not to say it won't get done. Just that more forces are at play than just Dana negotiating with her agent. Not as simple.

White is expected to meet with the former Strikeforce attraction later this week and has promised UFC fans he's going to get the f---ing deal done. But how marketable would she be to producers if several million fight fans watch her surrender to "Rowdy" in the main event of a UFC pay-per-view (PPV)?

Or even worse, an unheralded up-and-comer?

Losing to Cris Cyborg over five years ago didn't seem to hurt her box office muscle, but it was a different sport back in 2009 with different levels of visibility (like FOX). Rousey, too, is doing work on the silver screen and since these gals are not in high demand for romantic comedies or British dramadies, audiences need to believe they can kick some ass.

Decisions, decisions.

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