Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino recently spoke with Kevin Iole for Yahoo Sports, and discussed Ronda Rousey, who was initially devastated by her loss of title to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Cyborg said she didn’t gloat when Rousey lost, but didn’t understand Rowdy’s reaction, which extended to momentary locker room thoughts of suicide.
“A loss is an opportunity,” said Justino. “It is a chance to see who your friends are. When you are winning and everything is going great, there are people who are glued to your hip and who want to be around you. But when you lose or when you fall in the rankings, they’re a lot of times the first ones to start throwing stones.
“I think the loss is a tremendous opportunity to see who is there for you and who truly believes in you. Her comments after the fight where she talked about suicide shocked me. To me, it shows evidence of weaknesses in her character. It shows you’re maybe small-minded. Losing is a part of sports, of fighting, and we all have to deal with that. She should have taken the loss as an opportunity to reevaluate things.”
The Invicta FC featherweight champion is signed by the UFC, but fights for Invicta. Although the UFC does not have a women’s 145 division, Cyborg was signed so she could drop to 135 and fight Ronda Rousey, in what would have been the biggest fight in WMMA history. However, the undefeated Rousey lost to Holly Holm, who lost to Miesha Tate, so the superfight is now less super. And Cyborg does not believe she can make 135.
However, the UFC is considering a fight for Cyborg at a catch weight or 145 at UFC 198 on May 14, in front of a hometown crowd, at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. Nothing has been announced, but the possibility seems strong.
“I think the opportunity will present itself,” said Cyborg. “But if it doesn’t, well, it shows it wasn’t meant to be. I think I am one of the few, if not the only, combat athlete who has made my career and become a household name and gotten the respect of the fight fans without the UFC.
“I feel like I’m widely regarded and widely respected by the fans and all of my fights have been outside of the UFC. I think it’s the way I conduct myself as a person and the reputation as a fighter I have built. If it happens one day I fight in the UFC, great, but I think I’ve already made my name and reputation.”