Parillo, who is the boxing coach for Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino, made a startling, startling offer. The pair have been slowly circling other for years in anticipation of what would be the largest fight in women’s mixed martial arts history, maybe the biggest fight ever. But the coach now suggests they work together.
The coach was asked if the hype for Rousey vs. Cyborg over – is the chance of that fight ever happening dead?
“I mean, I think so,” replied Parillo, as transcribed by Cepeda. “These girls are both so young. Cris is 30, 31 years old. I don’t see her going anywhere for the next four or five years. A lot can happen in four or five years. If Ronda is a hungry fighter and still wants to prove to be the competitor and athlete that she is, she’s got plenty of time to come back and do that.
“It’s hard to see them ever matching up. They couldn’t get it together before the fight. This just set her back a whole lifetime. I’d like to see Cris be the title holder at 145, I’d like to see Ronda do well at 135.
“They could train together, now. Cris could help Ronda improve. I wouldn’t mind see Ronda come down and work with Cris a little bit. If you ask me, that fight’s over. That fight was just holding on by a string as it was because, if you ask me, Ronda was never going to agree to that fight. Even if she would have blown this Amanda Nunes away. I mean, maybe it would have given her confidence to take on Cris but really? No. It’s not as big as Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, it’s not. Because Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao were talking about hundreds of millions apiece. We’re talking about a girl that’s just been knocked out, twice. Cris is…dominating her division. The hype for that is starting to tilt away, I think. I think they’ll be more hype for Amanda Nunes vs. Cris “Cyborg.”
The coach was then asked if what he saw in Ronda’s fights vs. Nunes and Holm was a big part of why he had been so confident and eager to have Cris fight Ronda.
“Oh my God, yeah,” replied the coach. “This is all I do…Neglect life, looking at people and the way they fight. If we think about it, this is only the second girl that [Ronda] has fought that could stand up on her feet. The first girl that could stand up and fight a little, took her title. The second girl that could stand up and fight a little bit exposed her. It bums me out. I feel bad for Ronda Rousey. I was cheering for Ronda Rousey in that fight. I wanted Cris to get that limelight, of course. Of course that’s what I preferred to see happen.”