Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos recently spoke with MMAjunkie about her UFC Fight Night 95 fight on September 24, and about the best-known figure in mixed martial arts, Ronda Rousey. The once astonishingly dominant Rousey lost her title to Holly Holm, and in a space of eight months, the title changed hands three times.
However, Rousey is reportedly coming back. UFC president Dana White believes her return will be the biggest pay per view television event in league history. The question is, is Rousey vs. Cyborg the one that got away?
Cyborg is the best fighter in women’s MMA. Rousey is the second best, and by far the most famous. Rousey is now a challenger, so fights at 136. Cyborg’s last fight vs. Leslie Smith at UFC on 198 May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Brasil was at a catchweight of 140.
Four pounds remain between the biggest fight in women’s MMA history. Everyone asks Cyborg about the fight, all the time, and she isn’t tired of it. To her, it’s a further sign that the fight needs to happen.
“I respect all the girls regardless of who they are,” said Justino, to MMAjunkie, as transcribed by Fernanda Prates. “But I believe there’s a ‘novela’ [Brazilian soap opera] between Ronda and I that we need to finish. I think that’s a fight everyone wants to watch.
“I think they ask the same [questions] to her. I think everywhere, they ask the same thing. That’s why I think this fight needs to happen. So that we can finish our careers saying we did that great fight and not that we should have done that fight. We did it. So let’s wait. If she takes that initiative. It’s up to her.”
“I think after that Holly fight, she’s still trying to reorganize; I don’t know if she’s back to training. Losses can happen for any athlete. That’s sports. One day you win, and the next you lose. But you need to know how to deal with that.
“Something I learned at Chute Box is that you should think about your loss for 24 hours. Once those are over, done, you need to train for the next one. And that’s it. You learn, and you get better. Of course, it’s not easy to lose, but you need to see where you went wrong and get better. I think that makes you a better athlete and person as well.”
“I hope she [comes back]. She has a lot of fans. She helped MMA grow a lot. I can’t be selfish and say she didn’t. I think she did a lot for the growth of MMA. I think many girls out there are her fans, and she can show that losing is not giving up. Losing is about coming back and persisting and fighting for your spot again.
“That’s what you need to show. That you don’t continue only when you’re winning. If you lose, you can come back. There’s no shame in losing.”
It is still not known when Rousey will return, although her boyfriend UFC heavyweight Travis Browne saysshe is training hard and the division had better look out.
In the meantime, Cris Cyborg fights UFC newcomer Lina Lansberg in the main event at UFC Fight Night 95 oon September 24, 2016 in Brasília, Brazil.