Frankly, I am absolutely unmotivated by money. And I know that maybe people take that and don’t understand what that means, but I am just not. What I am interested in is people that have respect. Not only respect for me, but people who have respect for women in MMA. So, the better that I can do for myself and the better I represent myself – which I have to work on all of this, by the way – the better it is for the sport…Yeah, that’s kind of been a little bit of the hold-up, also. I have sat down with Dana and (Zuffa co-owner) Lorenzo (Fertitta) and they have expressed interest and want to do something, but I am a little wary because I know that Strikeforce is signing women and the “Cyborg” (Santos) fight is over there. But to go and sign with the UFC would be amazing, also. I would have to go and fight (the contract that Strikeforce bought from EliteXC) in court and that would just seem like it would put more months in between me fighting, staying active and staying sane. I have a lot of decisions to make. I could do a lot of good for the sport if I fight “Cyborg” and get something started (in Strikeforce). I would fight for a belt and then every female after starts fighting this person for the belt and then more and more females get known. So, I have just been caught between two places and it’s a very hard decision.
—Gina Carano talking to Ariel Helwani about the hold-up with her signing a deal with Strikeforce.
Apparently, they are still in the middle of negotiations, which seems rather odd if it has nothing to do with money. If it’s not that (sure it isn’t), then what’s taking so long? Length, number of fights, exclusivity? Who knows, but it definitely appears to be a question of when, not if, despite the fact that she’d prefer to fight in the UFC if things were simpler.
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