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Dana White: Gina Carano Welcome in the WEC

(Courtesy of billyjoemaclellan via Fight Opinion)

Near the end of yesterday’s raucous Georges St. Pierre/BJ Penn/Dana White press conference in Toronto — directly after a young boy asks GSP if he’s scared he’ll lose his belt — an audience member asks Dana White if he plans to install a women’s division in the UFC. White has spoken before about his contention that there aren’t enough talented female fighters to create a women’s division in the UFC, and he restated his feelings yesterday, but the second part of his answer (starting at the vid’s 2:08 mark) was pretty interesting:

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. And we could do fights whenever there’s a challenger for Gina. ["Cyborg!" shouts an audience member.] Obviously. So I think that’s how I’ll test the waters and see how it goes.”

Hey, one-offs are better than nothing. It’s great to see that there’s at least one venue open for Carano to compete in, and with Crush on the roster, the WEC can continue to pursue its goal of putting on a pay-per-view event, which took a minor step backward after poster-boy Urijah Faber lost his title to Mike Brown. Once Dana White sees how quickly Gina takes over as the WEC’s biggest draw, a proper women’s division can’t be far behind.

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Surfin Dave- November 19, 2008 at 8:08 pm
I knew Dana would change his mind after seeing the naked weigh-in. Now he's planning on being the one peeking over the towel.

BTW, I'm still trying to figure out if Michaelthebox was serious or not...
Fan of Hot Chicks- November 19, 2008 at 12:27 pm
Gina Carrano? I'd like to see her box!
lickmyfart- November 18, 2008 at 11:00 pm
That audience was full of fucking idiots!
mmmiles- November 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm
*insert Gina Carano north-south, full mount joke here*

CubicalGangster- November 18, 2008 at 5:09 pm
Smartest thing the WEC could do
Gotta a Crush on Crush- November 18, 2008 at 5:02 pm
yessssss more free gina fights!!! luv her
Michaelthebox- November 18, 2008 at 4:56 pm
Err, what? Gina competes at 140.
mayhem420- November 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm
Faber fights at 145 while Gina fights at 160
Thats to much size for Faber to handle. Gina would just lay and pray him all night....
wait.... if I was Faber I would beg for that fight then! lol
Jeffro- November 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm
Poor Gina. Urijah will destroy her.
guy- November 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm
i was there 2nd row and the question right when the video starts is probably the dumbest question ever in the history of questions, he says when weight class will it be in and what tittle will be defended everyone burst out in laughter it was like he saw a line and joined it
drummer- November 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm
Gina vs me, Gina wins by naked triangle choke. What a way to go!!!
Old, Bald and Irish- November 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Smart move, Dana. I knew he was too smart to leave money on the table. Gina has proven herself to be a draw and I think she would fit in perfectly with the WEC.

One-offs is a smart approach and Gina vs Cyborg has fight fans chomping at the bit. Too bad Kim Couture just signed with Strikeforce. That would have been an interesting match up. I'd also like to see Gina fight Kelly Kobald again. I'd also like to see Gina fight Jens Pulver...seriously.

DAMN...why didn't I think of this?
Fenix- November 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Fenix: Gina Carano Welcome In My Bedroom

NealTaflinger- November 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm
This actually makes perfect sense.