Loud mouth UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey has never shied away from a fight almost as much as she’s never backed down from verbally confronting an opponent in and out the octagon, so when asked by Yahoo Sports about a potential match up with Invicta FC champion Cristian “Cyborg” Justino, she didn’t spare any vowels in the verbal assault she imparted on the half (wo)man, half machine Brazilian.
Rousey spoke freely about Justino’s last failed fight and her Strikeforce shaming when failing a mandated, after-fight, drug test when she tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolo. She called the act “criminal” and said that all fighters should be banned from competition after one failed test.
“I’ve said before, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I’ll fight her, but that’s just my personal decision,” Rousey told Fansided.com. “But I can’t make a decision for the whole division. I can’t say it’s the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.”
Although Rousey is not opposed to fighting Cyborg within the UFC, she has her concerns about the longevity of the sport if Cyborg is allowed into the sport’s top-ranked promotion company.
“If she comes in the UFC and I beat the [crap] out of her and then I retire and become an action movie star, then the UFC is still going to be stuck with her. The division could die. She could ruin the whole sport. Even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if I beat the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.”
Meanwhile, Rousey improved her undefeated MMA record to 9-0 after she scored a quick Round 1 TKO over fellow former Olympic medalist Sara McMann at UFC 170 in February, while Cyborg is attempting to make a cut to 135-pounds later this year in hopes of eventually facing off against the Rowdy one.
Dana White is the man to deciding the fate of both Rousey and Justino, however President White doesn’t intend to give the Cyborg a crack at his star fighter any time soon.
According to MMA Junkie, the UFC has no plans to introduce a women’s featherweight division, which means that Justino has to reach 135 pounds in hopes to compete inside the octagon. With her options limited, Justino says she intends to cut muscle from her frame and gradually move down to women’s bantamweight division in order to compete in the UFC.
Even though that’s a step in the right direction, White made no indication that a drop in weight will heighten the Brazilian’s chances of fighting in the UFC.
While Ronda still remains duplicitous about her position with her fight against the Cyborg, she is firm that she does not want to see Justino anywhere close to the UFC.
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