The Rousey vs. Cyborg superfight, which would pit UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey against Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, is a donnybrook that virtually every MMA fan in the world wants to see.
While it may still be a long way off, as Justino tries cutting 10 pounds to fight at the 135-pound weight class Rousey dominates, one male UFC fighter believes the fight may not be anything special, and he has a well-reasoned argument.
Appearing on Sherdog Radio Network’s Beatdown show, Tyron Woodley had this to say about the possibility of Rousey vs. Cyborg being a dud.
“We’re not gonna see this fight happen for six months at least. And what happens is, if Cyborg makes the weight she’s gonna come down and lose the power, some of the things that make her who she is. Also, you’re gonna give Ronda Rousey six more months to get better. We haven’t even seen all of her training displayed in the Octagon because nobody can last a minute. I think that if it’s Cyborg we saw in Strikeforce [against] the Ronda Rousey we saw [at UFC 190], it is a competitive fight. Now we’re seeing the Cyborg clear of any performance enhancing drugs, she would have to cut all the way down in weight, by the time that happens… we’re going to continue to see Rousey develop for another six to eight months, maybe a year. I don’t think it’s as competitive as people think it will be. It’s like comparing me to Chris Weidman. No way in hell are you gonna watch me walk in there and be competitive with Chris Weidman or any of those killers at 185.”
When you think about it, Woodley makes a fairly strong case. One hundred and thirty-five pounds is Ronda’s bread-and-butter. She is in control of her strength and agility, and she does continue to improve each aspect of her game with every fight.
Justino would have a lot more to worry about. Not only would she have to prepare for Ronda, she would also have to endure a promotion move, more spotlight than she’s ever seen in her life, and the challenge of cutting 10 pounds.
Historically, in addition to her past with performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), Cyborg has struggled to make weight for her fights, with one opponent even initially refusing to take the fight when Cyborg came in six pounds over, via MMA Weekly.
So what do you think, readers? Would Rousey Cyborg be a non-competitive fight? Sound off in the comments section.
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