If there’s one thing in common between former women’s Strikeforce champions Miesha Tate and Cristino ‘Cyborg’ Justino it is a disdain for UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
A ‘superfight’ between Rousey and Cyborg has long been advocated by fans of both women as they stand as the two unstoppable forces in women’s MMA. A failure to reach any sort of agreement between the UFC, Rousey and Cyborg’s management team on the weight of a potential bout as well as Cyborg’s official UFC contract have kept the bout in the daydreams of fight fans who know what kind of hype this fight would bring in organically.
Tate’s rivalry with Rousey stems from their Strikeforce title fight in which Rousey took the belt from Tate.
Once the woman arrived in the UFC, opposite coaching positions on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter exacerbated things. They finally met again at UFC 168 where Tate dragged Rousey out of the first round for the first time in her career only to be submitted by an armbar in the third.
Their mutual hatred for Rousey has now turned in to a mutual gain for both as Tate agreed to help Cyborg train for her next fight. Cyborg’s manager Tito Ortiz told Tate that her help was needed to help Cyborg prepare for an unscheduled return to Invicta FC that Cyborg plans for this month.
Cyborg fights out of San Diego, California at Team Chute Boxe while Tate is located in Takima, Washington.