"Do you think we'll ever see Cris Cyborg against Ronda Rousey?"
This question has been one of every hardcore MMA fan's mind since Rousey's three impressive victories against Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano, and most recently Bethe Correia.
The Bantamweight Champion has beaten these opponents in a combined time of one minute four seconds, but the UFC shouldn't rush into making this fight against Cyborg. Instead, they should wait until UFC 200 at the new Las Vegas Arena on July 2 2016.
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My reason is simple. Ronda Rousey is the baddest person on the planet right now. Why wouldn't the UFC want arguably their biggest draw in their biggest event ever?
Personally, I think Ronda Rousey is years ahead of her current division, but if the UFC is adamant that if the fight is to happen then Cris Cyborg must make 135 pounds.
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George Lockhart, Cyborg's nutritionists, believes he can get the Invicta Featherweight Champion down to 135, and he believes he can get her down by December.
"If they want her to fight Dec. 5, it would be within the timeline," Lockhart said during an Interview with MMA Journalist Ariel Helwani. "It would be close, but she could definitely make 135 before Dec. 5."
There's really no rush for this fight to happen anytime soon. If Cyborg was to cut the weight by December, and wasn't up to the same standard she was at 145, then you'd have to think it would be another quick finish for Ronda Rousey.
Biding their time
The UFC confirmed this week that Jose Aldo will face Conor McGregor at UFC 194 on December 12 with Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold as the co-main event.
So that would rule out Rousey for a fight anytime in their December cards, and one would imagine that the UFC is saving their star fighter for their January 2 card against Miesha Tate.
Miesha Tate because the former Strikeforce champion has worked her way back up to the top as far as contenders goes, with four straight victories, and this would still make the UFC a bucket load of money on every scale.
Rousey has beaten Tate on two previous occasions. Once at Strikeforce and once in the UFC. A third fight would see a phenomenal Rousey against a more experienced and improved Tate, who has more experience of being in the Octagon with Rousey than any other MMA female athlete.
Rousey also wants the fight, and wasn't under any illusions about how difficult the third encounter would be when ask at the UFC 190 post-fight press conference.
"Every fight is a challenge," Rousey said. "This [Correia] fight was a challenge in its own way, and I think one advantage that I do have over my opponents is they don't really know what they're coming into when they get in there."
"They can watch as much footage as they like, but they don't know what it's like to be in there with me. I think that's why Miesha is one of my greatest challenges, because she already has an idea of what she's getting in there with. I know I've improved a lot since the last time we fought."
Setting the stage
Cyborg, whose real name is Cristiane Justino, must make this weight, and she must make it healthy. That's why she should also have a fight at 140 or 135 before her clash with Ronda Rousey.
All going well, then the stage would be set for these two dominant forces at UFC 200.
UFC 200 would be the perfect time to have the fight because these two female athletes has been typhoons in their respective divisions for years, and it's not just about money and titles, although there would be a whole load of both, it's about finding out who's the best in the world in female MMA.
UFC 200 I believe would be the perfect place to find out.
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