by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The world of Mixed Martial Arts has certainly seen a rise in the number of female fighters in recent years, with the UFC sporting a deep women’s roster, led by bantamweight title holder Ronda Rousey.

That growth could continue its steady rise, as Bellator may be looking to expand its promotion by adding a women’s division of its own.

This news comes exclusively to 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes by way of MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, addressing rumors that Gina Carano — a free agent who hasn’t taken a fight in quite some time — may be in talks to sign with Bellator.

Here’s Helwani on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday afternoon:

“Gina Carano hasn’t signed with Bellator, but I can confirm that there have been talks,” Helwani said.

“Well one might say, ‘That makes no sense, they have no [women’s] division.’ I can also confirm — I haven’t reported this anywhere, I actually just got off the phone with a couple people — I can also confirm that they are seriously looking into adding a women’s division in the near future. And I’m trying to get a little more information about that, but that could answer a lot of those questions. And right now, I kind of think it’s negotiation, maybe they planted this story, whatever, but Gina hasn’t signed anywhere.

“But there have been some preliminary talks between Bellator and her team,” he said. “The UFC still very much wants her and we’ll see what happens.”

This came moments before Helwani broke some more news, this regarding the megafight scheduled between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.


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