Former Strikeforce featherweight attraction, Gina Carano, was in negotiations with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back in 2014, as promotion president Dana White was trying to line up “super fights” for then-women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
At the time, “Rowdy” was undefeated and seemingly invincible.
While mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were calling for a Holly Holm fight, not everyone in the ZUFFA front office agreed. White in particular, had a problem with the boxing champ’s manager, which kept “The Preacher’s Daughter” on the regional circuit for a few extra months.
Carano recounts to FOX Sports:
“I remember talking to Dana White last year sometime in his office, he had the five top contenders in each weight class written on his office windows — male and female — and there were a couple names I couldn’t for the life of me figure out, why they were not written down. Holly is the only one I mentioned because I knew they were in talks of negotiating with her and after seeing how talented she was and the most incredible work ethic. I felt it was important to mention she is legit and should be up there. He laughed and blew it off mentioning something about her ground game but then again he did sign her not long after that so I think he knew. She seems like she deserved that in her life and career.”
Who’s laughing now?
Holm shocked the combat sports world with her second-round knockout of Rousey in the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which took place just last month in Melbourne, Australia (replay). Not only did it strip “Rowdy” of the bantamweight belt, it sidelined her until at least July.
Move over Nostradumbass, there’s a new (and much better looking) prophet in town.
Source:: mma mania