Although speculation as to whether Gina Carano could be headed to the UFC has died down in recent months, that doesn’t mean bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey isn’t still willing to face the star at 140 pounds. It also doesn’t mean, however, that Rousey would do the same for Invicta featherweight champ, Cris “Cyborg” Justino…
Yes, if you’ve noticed, Rousey has been fielding plenty of questions regarding a bout with “Cyborg” once again. Not long ago, Justino said her plans to move to 135 had been ditched, but more recently there’s been reports that the UFC has reopened talks with the former Strikeforce champ. The plan being that “Cyborg” would move to 135 for an all-star bout with Rousey.
While it remains to be seen what happens with Justino, Rousey appeared on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight“, and was asked about the possibility of fighting “Cyborg” at 140.
“No. I’m not making an exception for a cheater. The only one I’ll make an exception for is Gina Carano because she’s such a pioneer in the sport. I’d be honored to fight her.”
The “cheater” remark is in reference to the fact that “Cyborg” tested positive for steroids back in 2011. It’s worth noting that the fighter was reportedly tested out-of-competition for her bout this Friday with Charmaine Tweet, and passed. That fight will headline Invicta FC 11, which will go down one night before Rousey battles Cat Zingano at UFC 184.
Really, based off what Rousey has said about “Cyborg” in the past (see here for example), the comment above isn’t surprising. Of course, the general consensus seems to be that Rousey would walk through Carano, regardless of what weight the bout took place at. The fighter turned actress hasn’t competed in MMA since 2009 (when she was stopped by “Cyborg”).
Both Invicta FC 11 and UFC 184 will take place in Los Angeles. Could “Cyborg” be in attendance on Saturday night? That would be interesting no?