You can add Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino’s name to the long list of fighters that don’t think Ronda Rousey will be able to dethrone Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
Rousey makes her return to the Octagon after a year-long hiatus from the sport, where she dropped the bantamweight title to Holly Holm, as the championship game of hot potato commenced.
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Since then, Miesha Tate has also held the gold, but while all of that has been going on, there’s still talk about a potential super fight with Cyborg.
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That was thrown into doubt last month, when Rousey confirmed that she’s nearing the end of her mixed martial arts career, and a loss to Nunes could potentially accelerate those plans.
As quoted by FOX Sports, the current Invicta FC featherweight champion believes her American rival will retire when – and not if – she loses to The Lioness on December 30.
Despite all of the talk of the two finally meeting to give the fans what they want, it sounds like she’s finally given up on the fight ever taking place.
She said: “Really, if Ronda really wanted to fight me, she would’ve already did it. (Whether) she wins or loses her next fight; she’s not gonna fight me. This I already know.
“She doesn’t like challenging herself. If she loses, she’s gonna retire. Even if she wins, she will say, ‘you have to come to the champion,’ and she’ll be saying all the things that she said before, you know, because she’s not there to challenge for big fights.
“You know, she chooses her opponents, and I don’t think this fight’s gonna happen. I know Dana White said, ‘Oh Ronda wants to fight really bad.’ If she really wanted this fight really bad, it would have already happened; people would’ve already watched the fight. I don’t believe one word of this.”
Cyborg was also critical of her return bout, stating that taking a year-long break doesn’t warrant a championship fight upon a comeback and is backing her fellow Brazilian to hand Rousey a second professional loss.
She added: “Ronda, after her loss to Holly Holm, she took like a one-year break, and then I don’t think it’s fair she fights for the belt after one-year break. I think she’s supposed to rematch Holly Holm or fight somebody else.
NUNES TO BEAT ROUSEY
“I don’t think she’s humble enough for a fight that’s not for the belt, because she wants to fight for the belt. But I think Amanda Nunes, she fights all the time and she’s in shape and man, I don’t know if she’s (Rousey’s) making a good choice.
“You know Ronda, she ran from me [for a] long time. This is no surprise to me that she doesn’t fight me in her next fight. Of course not. She cannot take a punch, and she doesn’t have a strong mind.
“Holly just kicked her ass in her last fight, and she doesn’t feel confident. I hope she’s training hard for her next fight, because Amanda is no easy opponent Amanda knows [how to] punch and Miesha Tate can say about this. You know, that’s no easy fight, it’s no easy fight.”
It looks like Cyborg has done all she possibly could to lure her into the Octagon, but with Rousey’s career winding down, it looks like we as fans won’t be fortunate enough to see this super fight.
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