Despite not having fought since losing in dramatic fashion to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Ronda Rousey remains one of the biggest draws as a return to the Octagon edges even closer.
Numerous names have been thrown around in the hope of having a worthy return fight for Rousey, with women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and Raquel Pennington rumoured to be in the running.
Although a UFC 205 return is off the cards, with Rousey being a huge advocate of the sport making its mark in New York City, she could be in line for a massive super fight at UFC 207 in Las Vegas.
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After famously accusing her of being a steroid user following her failed drugs test in 2011, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Rousey may finally be throwing it down on December 30, while a February 5 date has also been mentioned.
Rousey vs Cyborg is the fight all MMA fans want to see. Rousey wants it, and Cyborg has remained vocal about luring her long-time rival inside of the Octagon.
It now looks likelier than ever, considering she’s signed with Zuffa and has two UFC wins under her belt, and Dana White has also provided some insight on the news.
RONDA WANTS CYBORG
Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast, White said: “Ronda wants to fight her.
“We’ll have to figure out at what weight to fight. But Ronda wants that fight; Ronda could do 140.”
White also revealed that the organisation wouldn't be introducing a women’s featherweight division, which is Cyborg’s natural fighting weight as the division isn’t deep enough.
The struggles of cutting weight have been well-documented by Cyborg, but although it’s a gruelling task which is visible on the scales, Cyborg is willing to go through it again for the big fights and right now, they don’t come bigger than Rousey.
Regarding the new division, White said: “I don’t think so, I think, first of all, there aren’t enough 145-pound female fighter to start a 145-pound division.
“There just isn’t, you know? Cyborg is this one girl floating out there who had that type of star power; she headlined Brazil for us.”
It looks like after years of calling each other out, the current Invicta and former Strikeforce featherweight champion could be taking part in the biggest women’s fight in UFC history.
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