Cris Cyborg recently won the Invicta featherweight championship against Marloes Coenen and is now talking about a super fight with current UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. This would be arguably the biggest bout in the history of women’s mixed martial arts and is something all fans would love to see.
The only issue is that Cyborg is a featherweight and Rousey is a bantamweight. Cyborg has stated before that she cannot make the weight requirements to go down to 135 but if willing she may meet in the middle at 140. She discussed her aspirations with ESPN:
“Anytime she wants to fight me, I’ll be ready. I started training at 145 and I started fighting at 145, I’m not ready for 135. Maybe 140, no? 140, maybe.”
We understand why Cyborg needs this bout to happen, but unfortunately for her Ronda is doing just fine without that potential super fight. Women like Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano, and Sara McMann are all potential challengers for Rousey. The women’s division is off to a great start and there’s no telling what other amazing female athletes are there to make the cut to bantamweight to try their hand at UFC gold.
It seems like the UFC is adamant that Cyborg make 135 and you can’t disagree with them. With Cyborg recently returning to action from testing positive for a banned substance, you can’t blame anyone for wanting her to drop to bantamweight and not the other way around.
It will be a match that we all want to see one day. It just doesn’t look like it will be happening anytime soon.