Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has been teasing the return of former face of women's mixed martial arts (MMA), Gina Carano, for several months.
So what's the hold up?
Well, now that Carano belongs to the silver screen, thanks to successful roles in Haywire, Fast & Furious 6, and In the Blood, she's aligned herself with "Hollywood lawyers." That means White and Co. have to play the "Tinseltown" game until both sides can meet somewhere in the middle.
Something that "should happen," according to his comments at the UFC 174 media scrum (watch it):
"Her lawyers and our lawyers are talking. It's moving along. It should (happen). I mean this guy is a Hollywood lawyer and these guys are always a pain in the ass to deal with. The shit that he calls back and says everyday is literally comical."
"Conviction" is still under UFC contract, thanks to the promotion's buyout of Strikeforce in 2011.
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.
Not that it stopped her from becoming an instant title contender.
But a potential Ronda Rousey fight seems light years away, since Carano has yet to "officially" announce her MMA return. That's probably because her "pain in the ass" lawyer is unable to come to terms with the UFC brass.