Ronda Rousey may be on vacation with her family currently, but she’s also been visited via Instagram by Cris “Cyborg” Justino. Ronda Rousey and Justino have had a rivalry that dates back for some time, and it looks like that rivalry is being fueled by the Straight Outta Compton meme creator, and at Justino‘s hand.
Justino is the former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight champion and current Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion while Ronda Rousey is, of course, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion, and fans of the two women have been wanting to see a fight between them for some time. Even UFC president Dana White has remarked that he thinks a “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey – Cris “Cyborg” Justino matchup would be an incredible event.
“If Cyborg makes the weight and these two fight, I think it does two million, I really do,” White said. “I’ve never even gotten close to saying a fight would do two million, but I think Ronda and Cyborg would do it.”
Ronda Rousey is perhaps best known for her ability to win fights in devastatingly short time spans. Her last matchup August 1 with Bethe Correia saw her beat the Brazilian in 34 seconds. Justino says she is more than ready to take the rowdy one on and even put a move down to 135 pounds on the table.
Justino has shown that she has even had challenges in coming down to 145, and hasn’t really appeared to be serious about a move down to 135. In the two years since Justino has moved from Strikeforce to Invicta, she said she would drop from 140 to 135 in order to have a chance to fight Ronda Rousey. UFC does not have a Featherweight division.
Meanwhile, it seems that Ronda Rousey is fed up with Justino’s behavior.
“I’ll deal with Cyborg when it’s time to deal with her, and when she comes around and when she’s tired of really dragging this whole thing out. As you see with Pacquiao and Mayweather, it’s sometimes a good thing to really drag it out and build up that anticipation,” Rousey said.
Ex-UFC champ Tito Ortiz said that Justino had been offered a chance to fight Ronda Rousey in Dallas at Cowboy Stadium. Ortiz was once Justino’s training partner and knows Justino’s management. The problem is, White says Ortiz has no idea what he is talking about.
“That was a complete lie,” White said. “It’s 100 percent a lie. First of all, the UFC doesn’t even talk to Tito Ortiz, so let’s start there. Tito Ortiz is just making this [expletive] up. In no way, shape or form did we offer her a fight against Ronda at Cowboys Stadium. Completely untrue.”
White used to manage Ortiz, but the two have not gotten along for years and are incommunicado. White said that Ortiz had made up the supposed fight between Ronda Rousey and Cyborg Justino. Meanwhile, Justino has once failed a drug test, testing positive for anabolic steroids, and Ronda Rousey has successfully passed every drug test she had to take.
Whether the fight between Ronda Rousey and Cyborg Justino ever occurs remains to be seen, but to be sure, such a fight, particularly if Rousey wins, will lay the doubts by some about whether or not Rousey truly is the greatest female athlete to rest.
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