Is Rousey v Cyborg the Mayweather v Paquiao of MMA

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Already three years in the making, the potential bout between Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg seems no closer to being a reality as the UFC announce Rousey's next opponent.

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The UFC announced last Friday that the Women's Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey will face decorated boxer Holly Holm.

Rousey has made short work of all of comers so far, finishing her last three opponents in 1 minute and 4 seconds collectively.


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As exciting a fighter as Rousey is, the rest of the division has a long way to go to become competitive at her level.

There is only one fight that is still exciting the fans, and that is Invicta Featherweight Champ Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino. This fight has been talked about now for three years, as far back as when Rousey was the newly crowned Strikeforce Champion. 


So why have we been waiting? Cyborg has never fought below 145lbs and cuts a substantial amount of weight to hit that mark.

Alternatively, Ronda Rousey has fought at 145lbs before and actually competed at 154lbs in the Beijing Olympics.

The main stumbling block is the promotion itself. The UFC does not have a women's featherweight division, nor does it intend on having one. A catchweight fight is also out of the question because in the event Cyborg does beat Rousey it completely devalues the Bantamweight division. 

Unfotunately, the only chance this fight will happen will be at 135lbs. This will give Rousey a massive advantage. We will not see Cyborg perform at her brutal best and the fight will undoubtedly be very underwhelming.

So yes Rousey v Cyborg is the Mayweather v Paquiao of MMA.

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