Recently, much of the talk regarding future opponents for Ronda Rousey has been tied to the likes of Bethe Correia, Gina Carano and Cat Zingano, but not surprisingly, the name Cris “Cyborg” Justino has popped up once again.
After “Cyborg” announced her plans to drop to 135, with the goal of facing Rousey at some juncture, discussions regarding the all-star bout reached a fever pitch. Eventually some of that buzz died down, however, and it remains to be seen if and when Justino will head to the UFC.
Well, on Tuesday, Rousey was asked about “Cyborg” while speaking with the Brazilian media, and yes, things got a wee bit ‘scandalous.’ First off, according to a report from MMA Fighting.com, Rousey claimed the following:
“I would fight her, but 24 hours after the announcement of out-of-competition drug testing, she asked to be released from the UFC,” Rousey said. “I’m under contract with the UFC, I can’t leave. She can come back whenever she wants, I’m here.”
How about that? It should be noted that “Cyborg” is currently the Invicta FC featherweight champ, which recently forged a broadcasting partnership with UFC Fight Pass. The decorated fighter hasn’t fought in MMA since last July, when she stopped Marloes Coenen to win the Invicta FC belt.
More recently, on March 28th, Justino fought Jorina Baars in a Muay Thai bout for Lion Fight. The latter won the fight via unanimous decision.
“She was fighting, it was a while ago, and she just got dropped five times in a match. And really, to be honest, I haven’t been really too impressed with her actual skill set,” Rousey said, while referring to “Cyborg’s” fight with Baars. “It’s only her strength that she draws off.
“If you remember when she fought Gina (Carano), she pulled her into mount two different times. Those are very grievous technical mistakes. The mistakes that she makes technically are absolutely terrible and basic. The only reason why she gets away with it is because of her strength, and people don’t realize how strong I actually am. Ask the girls that I’ve fought. They weren’t expecting this. Because I don’t look like it, it doesn’t mean I don’t have it.
Rousey also went on to argue that Justino “pushes her punches” and can’t in fact KO someone with “one punch.” So, if you’re getting the feeling here that the UFC champ isn’t too concerned about what “Cyborg” could do to her in a fight, you’re likely not alone.
While all this makes for interesting conversation and debate, chances are Rousey-“Cyborg” could still be a ways off. Until the latter makes 135, and scores a big win while doing so, the UFC will likely hold off on booking Justino for her Octagon debut.
Rousey is coming off a 16 second, stoppage win over Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on July 5th. Since then the bantamweight’s been recovering from knee surgery and hand injuries, but recently relayed she hopes to fight again in January.