Ronda Rousey will defend her UFC bantamweight championship tonight against Sara McMann, but all the buzz in women’s MMA right now is about Rousey’s potential fight with the dominant Cris Cyborg Justino, who boldy declared that she plans to drop to 135 pounds and retire the blonde bulldozer.
Cyborg made the announcement via a prepared statement on AXS TV, where she said she would dispose of the rowdy one in the same fashion that she did of Gina Carano, one of WMMA’s pioneer athletes.
The announcement has set the MMA world on fire. Everyone’s talking about a Cyborg vs. Rousey fight, overshadowing tonight’s war.
Rousey will fight McMann tonight at UFC 170. Both are Olympic medialists, Rousey a bronze in judo and McMann a silver in wrestling. The fight has taken a backseat in promotion to the Daniel Cormier/Patrick Cummins spectacle, and now the world of WMMA is talking about not McMann, but a potential Rousey vs. Cyborg war.
Cyborg is ready for blood.
“I am looking for a payday to retire you like I did Gina Carano,” Cyborg said. “But to show it’s not only about money, I challenge you to a fight – winner takes all. Or better yet let’s fight for FREE. ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! Ask your daddy Dana to make it happen.”
Cyborg claims that she was misinterpreted in the past and that she never said she would “die” if she made it to 135. She said it’s not where she wants to fight her career at, but she would be willing to make an exception against the Rousey, the face of women’s MMA.
Cyborg claims that Rousey is scared of her.
“You have fought 154 in the Olympics and 145 in MMA,” Cyborg said. “You can meet me at 140 easier than for me to go down to 135. The only reason you want the fight at 135 is because you feel that is your only chance because you hope the weight cut will affect me. You guys say I’m irrelevant, yet watch my highlights. The true MMA fans not only know me, but know I’m the best. Sad that you give the true MMA fans no recognition by saying that they don’t matter.”
Cyborg said she has hired a medical doctor to help her cut from 145 to 135.
“I will still listen to my doctor’s advice and fight no more than three times at 135: first to win the Invicta belt, the second time to kick your ass and the third time to kick your ass again so that the world can see it wasn’t luck,” Cyborg said. “You can even have me tested every week up to the fight. That way you will not have an excuse after I kick your ass.”
Cyborg has in the past been suspended for testing positive for performance enhancement drugs.