When news broke that Cristiane Justino — known professionally as Cris Cyborg — signed a contract for an upcoming run in UFC, the MMA world went wild clamoring for a Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg fight. The dream fight’s only roadblock is Cyborg’s weight at 145 pounds. Presently, Cyborg is ten pounds over the bantamweight limit, the division Ronda Rousey fights in. Cyborg has to lose weight if she ever wants to fight what many consider the most dominant athlete alive today.
Cris Cyborg, however, wants to fight Ronda Rousey, not necessarily for her title, but just to find out who the best truly is. Cyborg even beckoned Rousey to “meet halfway” at 140 pounds just so it can happen. As for what Rousey thinks, she may have indirectly responded to the challenge by giving a two-year deadline for the Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg. If it doesn’t happen, Rousey is moving on.
According to MMA Fighting, Ronda Rousey was interviewed by Ariel Helwani on his MMA Hour show via telephone call. The subject of a Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg fight came up in which Rousey likened it to Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. The heat between Mayweather and Pacquiao was built up over the course of five years before it happened. At this moment, Rousey and Cyborg have been at each other’s throats for three. Therefore, Rousey is giving another two more years for the fight to happen.
“Pacquiao vs. Mayweather had a five-year build up and it earned 5.5 million buys. We are at about three (years). So I would say, I’ll keep my hopes up until five (years), then I’m moving on after that.”
MMA Mania followed-up on Ronda Rousey’s two-year deadline stating that the timeframe is favorable for both Rousey and Cris Cyborg. For Rousey, it gives her time to concentrate on current endeavors, especially UFC 190 when she takes on Bethe Correia, along with a possible Cat Zingano rematch. For Cyborg, she can concentrate on her upcoming fight at Invicta FC 13 against Faith Van Duin. Also, two years is more than enough time for Cyborg to get down to the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds. Overall, it is a win-win for both fighters in the upcoming dream fight which, in turn, is a win for MMA fans.
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