It no longer matters what Gina Carano is or isn't doing.
The number one contender to Ronda Rousey's bantamweight championship title is now Cat Zingano, who earned that distinction with an impressive come-from-behind victory over Amanda Nunes on the main card of last night's (Sat., Sept. 27, 2014) UFC 178: "Johnson vs. Cariaso" pay-per-view (PPV) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As confirmed by UFC President Dana White at the post-fight press conference:
"Yes, yeah, she's in. This is what I'm assuming, and you guys probably didn't hear it, but she was screaming at me after the fight. She ran over and started screaming, 'do you see me? Do you see me?' Yes, I see you. This was the 'shut up about Gina Carano', I think. I think that's what Cat... [that's] the statement she wanted to make tonight, and she made it loud and clear."
Zingano had previously been scheduled to coach against Rousey during The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 17 but was forced out due to a knee injury. That kept her out of action for a long while before tragedy struck in the form of her husband committing suicide earlier this year.
Here's how White described Zingano's issues since she's been away:
"She's been away for awhile, she had some injuries. She was dealing with some personal problems, but she is back. The fans needed to see her, and she needed to remind everybody why she was in line for a title fight. She did it tonight."
Now, she's back and says she's "game" for a shot at Rousey, who was shown smiling big shortly after Zingano had finished off Nunes at UFC 178.
Maybe it was Cat's slow start that had "Rowdy" cheesing so hard. An opening she's already planning on exploiting, perhaps?
We'll find out soon enough!