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Dana White confident about Gina Carano signing, uncertain if she is next in line for Rousey

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UFC President Dana White once again discussed Gina Carano in his post-fight media scrum and revealed that they are “close” but that she may not be guaranteed a title shot.

Esther Lin

A Dana White media scrum in 2014 is never complete unless he is asked about Gina Carano.

The UFC President reiterated his confidence in the promotion getting an eventual deal done with the former Strikeforce featherweight champion, and even predicted that the deal would be done before the end of the year.

"There's just one more little thing (in the negotiations)," White said. "It's close, but it'll be done (before the end of the year)."

While many assumed that Carano signing would mean an immediate title shot against current women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, White surprised many when he suggested a potential change of plans.

"I did at one point (believe Carano would get a title shot)," White said at post-event media scrum following Saturday's UFC 177 in Sacramento. "I don't know now. (Cat Zingano) is next in line. (And Bethe Correia) looked great tonight."

It has been five years since Carano last fought professionally and her final fight was a TKO loss to Cristiane ‘Cyborg' Justino. Since then, Carano has transitioned to film acting and has starred in movies such as "Fast and Furious 6" and "Haywire." It was recently rumoured that movie conflicts played a part in the extended negotiations with the UFC.

Apart from that, the women's bantamweight division still has a pair of potential title challengers, as Bether Correira is coming off a devastating victory over Rousey's teammate Shayna Baszler, and Cat Zingano is scheduled to return from an extended spell on the sidelines at UFC 178.

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