Ronda Rousey and Cyborg's war of words heats up again

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As Ronda Rousey's media tour continue, the same questions will crop up all over - especially ones about Cris 'Cyborg' Justino in Brazil.

The two rivals have fought one of the harshest verbal battles in the history of MMA but the weight divide between them has meant they've never clashed in the cage.

That doesn't stop the verbal jabs and hype though, and this time it was Rousey's turn to fire back at Cyborg.

Happy to set it straight

Speaking to Brazilian magazine, Combate, Rousey reassured the MMA world that a clash with Cyborg is something that she wants to do in her career, it's just up to Cyborg to step up to the plate... or rather down.

The former Strikeforce Featherweight champ, Cyborg has found the drop to 125lbs from 135lbs a hard one, and it's still unclear if she'll be able to compete at a high level when at it.

Although for Rousey it's more about how Cyborg fights without the drugs.

"How come the day after they announced out-of-competition drug testing in the UFC she asked to be released? If you so desperately wanted a fight you would come fight me, not run away. I think she's saying one thing and doing another. I've always been [in the UFC]. I'm not going anywhere." Rousey told Combate.

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These comments, as usual, came as a response to Cyborg, who can hardly resist herself to take a shot at the golden girl of MMA.

"She's trying to use my mistake saying, 'Ah she don't want to be in the UFC because of heavy doping tests,' but she's lying because I don't go to the UFC because I have to cut for 135 and at the time when I talked to the UFC I wasn't not ready for this.

"I think she keeps talking and keeps running and I think if I make 135 she cannot run anymore, because everybody, all the fans want to watch the fight and I think the only way for this fight to happen and to make her shut up is to make 135." She told Submission Radio.

While Cyborg makes a fair point, she is the challenger and Rousey is the champion of her division so it is up to Cyborg to reach that, not Rousey.

With Cat Zingano lined up as the next title contender early next year, then expect these two to trade more barbs over the coming months, especially if Rousey is victorious and needs another challenger.

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