As the feud between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate plays out on The Ultimate Fighter, another top ranked female fighter has weighed in on the drama.
Cris “Cyborg” Justino, the #2 ranked pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, has stated that the mental aspect may be what makes the difference in Tate and Rousey’s rematch.
“Ronda is a little mentally sick,” Cyborg said in an interview with MMAFighting.com. “Miesha is more focused. I don’t know if that’s because Ronda is younger, more competitive. The mental aspect can affect her, but what makes you win inside the Octagon is training. The better prepared fighter will win.”
Cyborg added that this time, Tate will be prepared for Rousey’s infamous armbar.
“Everybody knows what Ronda does and I believe Miesha will come more prepared this time,” Cyborg said. “Unfortunately, everybody knows what she’ll do and still let her do it. I’m watching the TUF season, and I believe Miesha has more weapons to defeat Ronda. But I don’t really care who wins this fight, though.”
She also addressed the question that is on everybody’s mind: will Rousey ever face Cyborg to determine who is really the #1 female fighter on the planet?
“The only thing stopping this fight to happen now is the weight, but I don’t care about the belt,” she said. “I want to this fight for the fans in a catchweight because she used to fight in my division and then dropped. I’d fight her [in the UFC] and then return to my home, Invicta.”
In past interviews, Cyborg has stated that she has been unable to drop enough weight to challenge Rousey at bantamweight. She currently holds a 12-1 record, and is the reining Invicta FC featherweight champion.