After expressing his interest in hosting a match between Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, UFC President Dana White has now gone a step further, stating that he might actually be ready to sign Gina Carano, the “Face of Women’s MMA” to the WEC as sort of a trial run:
“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.”
This is probably one of the smartest moves Dana White has ever made if it is indeed the case. Gina Carano pocketed only $25,000 ($15,000 to show) for her last bout at EliteXC: Heat, and her performance drew in a boatload of viewers from across the country. Carano’s gig as “Crush” on American Gladiators also doesn’t hurt her brand association. So here we have someone who can clearly draw a crowd and requires a relatively minor pay day. In the words of Vince Vaughn: “Lock It Up”.
While we’re on the subject of Dana White chatter, the man also made his Canadian intentions abundantly clear during a Toronto press conference this week while promoting Penn vs. St. Pierre 2. Apparently, the UFC President is just not satisfied until he gets MMA sanctioning for our neighbors to the north:
“There is absolutely no reason for Canada to not accept this sport. There’s an education factor; we need to educate people. I’m going after Canada after (I get approval in) New York and Massachusetts. I’m attacking Canada. I’m going to spend so much time in Canada I’ll have to buy a house. I’m going to live here until it’s done. I’m going to be sitting on the porch every day they come to work…This fight (between St-Pierre and Penn) should have been in Toronto or Hawaii. Canada is a huge market for us. Toronto is the mecca, this is the place to be as far as MMA is concerned.”
Oh Canada, Dana stands on guard for thee.