Dana White says he’s willing to bring Gina Carano to WEC

The UFC held a press conference earlier today in Toronto to promote the upcoming welterweight title fight between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn. As usual, Dana White was on hand to not only promote the event but to answer questions from the press. When asked about women’s MMA and Gina Carano today, White seems to have lightened up his stance according to a report at 660 News in Calgary.

“Gina Carano is a star, I think she’s talented. I think she’s got all the tools, so what I’m willing to do is bring Gina into the WEC. We could do fights whenever there’s a challenger for Gina. That’s how I’ll test the waters and see how it goes,” White told the press in attendance.

The only potential roadblock for Zuffa to sign Carano would be her current situation with ProElite. Currently the fighters who were under contract with the company when they closed their doors are caught in limbo while the company tries to auction off their contracts as well as all of the assets of the company.

However, the fact that White is open to promoting women’s MMA through WEC is a big step in the right direction. Not only would Carano be a huge boost for WEC’s marketability it would be a huge step in the right direction for high level women’s MMA to be taken seriously.

16 COMMENTS
  • Nick says:

    good for dana for coming around and let’s hope this opens it up for more women….more and more i think wec could catch up to the ufc for popularity.

    great fights, marketable fighters……now potentially thr biggest name in women’s mma (for the casual fan).

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  • steve says:

    my heart just dropped while reading. please Dana if do truly wish to promote women MMA make a separate promotion just for when you have enough women fights to fill out a card. keep it separate like in other sports. it would be horrible to have all of the amazingly stacked WEC cards peppered with women fights.

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  • Larry says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Gina Carano is a broadcast network TV star on NBC AND CBS and Dana White is “willing to give her a shot” in the minors…

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  • Devin says:

    No, it’s not that he’s willing to give Gina a shot, he’s willing to give a women’s division a shot, starting with Gina.

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  • Justin says:

    Move all of the relevant male fighters from the WEC to the UFC and change the acronym for WEC from World Extreme Cagefighting to Women’s Extreme Cagefighting! I’d watch that!

    Oh, and Dana, if you’re reading this, I’ve already copyrighted the name! I am open to offers though…

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  • stuck at work says:

    It would be nice if he built out a whole division or two and sign Tara Larosa, Amanda Buckner, Roxanne Modafferi as well. Not sure who else would be all that competitive with Gina, besides maybe Cyborg…

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  • ultmma says:

    wow big one Dana “test the waters” and “give her a shot”

    Her two fights on CBS pulled big numbers and other than Kimbo Slice is probably the biggest name fighter outside the UFC to the casual fan

    sticking her on the hockey network know as VS. is a suppose to be a step up?

    swallow the humble pie and admit that their is room for a woman’s division in the UFC

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  • Larry says:

    Seriously….. I can’t tell if this is a tiny step above or below offering Kimbo a spot on TUF…..

    Carano would have to be an idiot to take this offer.

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  • keyboardWARRIOR says:

    larry ure an idiot, dana did say that onli way kimbo could get in is throught tuf….errr,and also carano would not be ab idiot to take the offer get a clue ,also she is fine ass and would own u larry LOL

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  • Aron says:

    I LOVE Gina. She is awesome. Her fights on CBS were the best fights on the cards. I hope the business side doesn’t turn bad for her and I hope she keeps fighting somewhere, she has major talent.

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  • dpk says:

    I think that Dana is going to test the water’s and love what he finds, and that is that there is alot of female talent at not just 145lbs, but also at 135, and 125. I wouldn’t be surprised if WEC ends up with at least 2 or 3 of these female weight classes.

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  • screwface says:

    unfortunately gina would have to take the offer imo, she is the face of womens mma, so all the women fighters are counting on her to help all thier careers. when womens mma first became public i had very low expectations. but thx to women like gina, i became a huge fan real quick. the women fights were more often then not way more entertaining and exciting then the mens fights. i am dieing to see more pre womens mma, and esp to see gina return to the cage. there is no comparison to wnba which is boring as f*ck to watch, this is a huge draw and wherever gina carefully chooses to go will be an important step for women fighters. so goin with the top fight organization on the planet is a no brainer. yes he will prolly pay her sh*t but this would be the first step b4 bringing it to the ufc and eventually headlining a big promotion ppv. sorry you might have to dance with the devil gina, but think about the sport and all the up and coming women fighters who want that mainstream success. i hope this happens, womens mma deserves more respect and this will be the first step to a brighter future.

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  • KMac says:

    It sounds like Dana would take Gina, but what about the other talented women fighters? Does he think he can sign Gina to an exclusive contract but put everone else on one figth deals?

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  • Robert says:

    I hope Gina Carano tells Dana White to go fuck himself.

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  • Doug says:

    Well I do not think this is a Case of giving Gina a shot. Gina is a top level and well known fighter, as stated previously she IS the face of Womens MMA. What Dana is testing is first the Market for Womens MMA (Ie. Paper View events vs free broadcast.). And FInally and more importantly Dana cannot just sign Gina and a couple other female fighters, if Womens MMA is to grow into a womens compareable UFC Dana is going to need a large Quality Female MMA pool of talent at various weight classes. I mean the UFC is known for its set-up and quality cards, it takes alot more then 1 face and a few MMA fighters to make a whole new division. Compared to making a new weight class in the UFC creating an entire high quality womens division will be alot of effort and quite a bit more expensive comparitively. Thats what I think Dana means, he is a smart guy after all who took a failing company to the preimere MMA division in America is not the world. Just my 2 bits.

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  • Doug says:

    LOL a typo in the above, I meant it to read:

    Dana needs a Large QUANTITY of Quality Female MMA pool of talent at various classes.

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