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Tito Ortiz: Ronda Rousey is No. 2, Cyborg is No. 1

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Tito Ortiz has nothing but praise for his fighter, Invicta FC featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino. In fact, he believes that UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey cut weight just to get out of Cyborg’s way.

“[The UFC] pushed this fight of her and Ronda at 135 so much. The last time I saw Ronda call out Cris Cyborg, Ronda was actually at 145. So she cut down to 135 to stay avoid Cris,” Ortiz said in an interview with Fighters Only.

“Now the ball is in their court – if they want the fight to happen, they will let the fight happen. If not I guess Ronda is the number two pound-for-pound woman always and Cris will be number one. Nobody is going to beat [Cyborg] ever. She is going to do an Anderson Silva and go undefeated for a long, long time.”

Ortiz was actually the one responsible for Cyborg’s departure from the UFC. He pressured the organization to let her go after they refused to set up a catchweight bout between her and Ronda Rousey.

As far as Rousey is concerned, Ortiz is not a fan.

“I think her head is getting to her. I watched a couple episodes and she seems like a little brat, likes she’s too good for everybody else,” he said. “That’s the attitude you don’t want, especially as a coach. People see me on The Ultimate Fighter season three, season eleven, I never thought I was better than anybody else.”

“Is the popularity getting to Ronda’s head a little too much? She hasn’t had any huge fights, she hasn’t fought any huge names yet. I guess its one of those things that, in time, she needs to be tested. She’s being protected by the UFC and if she keeps being protected she will always be known as second-best.

“I haven’t seen any great stand-up skills. I have seen her closing the gap and taking a girl down and arm-barring her. I don’t think she even knows any moves other than an armbar.”