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UFC: Cris Cyborg says 'Rousey is a paper champion'

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Cris Cyborg has fired a verbal counter-attack against UFC Women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, after she was branded an 'it' by the champion.

Speaking to MMAFighting.com, Cyborg said that Rousey was a 'paper champion' who only fights hand-picked opponents.

"I'm not surprised (she wasn't punished) because she’s UFC’s paper champion," she said. "They obviously would never punish her, even because her opponents are hand picked."

"Everything she says motivates me to get inside the Octagon against her. I don’t keep sadness, I keep names." She added.

These comments after the UFC decided against punishment for Rousey, despite two males fighters previously being fined for comments that were deemed sexist and unsportsmanlike.

While it's no secret that the UFC and Dana White see Rousey as the golden goose for women's MMA, the decision did draw some ire from fans, and the comments even drew criticism from sponsors.

The comments come at a time when Rousey's appeal with the fans was already wavering some what after an eye-opening Ultimate Fighter alongside Miesha Tate showed Rousey as very aggressive, rude and disrespectful.

Rousey put it down to the rivalry that her and Tate shared. But in comparison, that rivalry is nothing to the war of words that her and Cyborg have been having for years now, ever since their Strikeforce days.

Despite the big interest in seeing the two clash, Rousey has ruled out a possible fight, saying it would be 'bad for the division' if Cyborg came to the UFC.

It's not just Rousey who fired shots at Cyborg this week though, following a media day ahead of UFC 172, Dana White had choice words about the situation.

"I said, when I saw [Cyborg] at the MMA Awards, she looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels. And she did, did she not? Who wants to dispute that she didn't look like Wanderlei?" she said.

"She was walking up the stairs, jacked up on steroids beyond belief and looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels."

"There's a lot of issues I have with doing business with her," White continued. "I was apprehensive for years about the women's division. Gina Carano says the same thing, that she's not a representative of female athletes. She's the bad representative of female athletes.

"When you're a female and you've taken that many drugs for so long - when you've been on steroids for as long as this girl has - it's tough. This isn't the same as a guy who had taken some stuff before and got busted, he comes back and is fighting other men."

"But who knows? I'm not saying it could never be done." He finished.

Cyborg said she found the comments "funny" as Wanderlei is "an idol" to her and although she didn't fire back on the level of White, she did give him a quick barb.

"I always admired Dana White as a great businessman that always believed in MMA and helped our sport to grow around the world. And I'm sure that, with the power he has, he would never go against his paper champion."

The tensions continue to rise between the two and it would seem with a dwindling amount of opponents in the current UFC division, Rousey could look for the big payday fight against Cyborg in the near future.

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