Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg has been a dream match in the making for numerous years, and although Rousey is no longer the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Cyborg is still interested in making that fight happen.
Just over a week ago, UFC President Dana White revealed that should Rousey make a return to the Octagon, a championship match will await her regardless of who is holding the belt.
CYBORG CALLS OUT ROUSEY
However, the women’s bantamweight division is up in the air with Holly Holm being the only blemish on Rousey’s record. Miesha Tate beat Holm before dropping the title in her first defence against Amanda Nunes; we have to wait and see whether Rousey can reclaim her spot at the top.
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If she is to make her return at UFC 205 in November, Cyborg has made her intentions clear, and she doesn’t care if the championship is on the line either.
She told Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com, “I’m not trying to inspire you to suddenly become a better person, or become anything you’re not. But there was a time in your life when you told people you wanted to fight me. Maybe you didn’t quite understand the way the world worked then, but you didn’t care what anyone thought.
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“I guess what I’m trying to tell you is that you don’t need to be the champ to fight me.
“The media made you out to be the greatest female fighter of all time, and that is beautiful, because now everyone knows the real reason why you avoided a fight against Cris Cyborg. P4P #1 in the world for WMMA according to ESPN.”
WHO IS THE BEST?
Both women have proclaimed that they’re the best pound-for-pound fighter in women’s mixed martial arts, and this bout could certainly settle that debate once and for all. The only question mark regarding this potential fight – and why it probably didn’t happen before – is the difference in weight.
Cyborg usually fights at 145 lbs, which is a lot bigger than Rousey and any opponent she has ever faced, but it shouldn’t be a huge stumbling block if the UFC and both women want to make this fight happen at the end of the year.
Cyborg has proven she belongs in the big time, making her UFC debut at UFC 198 with a first-round knockout over Leslie Smith, and this would be a fantastic way for Rousey to make her return to the company.
Some may even argue that this clash is bigger than a championship fight itself.
UFC fans, can Cris Cyborg beat Ronda Rousey? Have your say in the comments section below.