Everyone understands that if Ronda Rousey ends up fighting Cris “Cyborg” the bout will be huge, and according to Dana White, it could be the biggest in the promotion’s history.
Yes, now that Rousey took out Bethe Correia in jaw dropping fashion at UFC 190, people are already talking about who’s next. Of course, the bantamweight champ’s rival, Miesha Tate is waiting in the wings, but she has already been defeated by Rousey twice.
While a third bout with Tate might sell well, there’s no question that the biggest fight out there for Rousey is “Cyborg”. The latter is widely considered to be the best female featherweight in the game and the biggest test out there for “Rowdy”.
After UFC 190, White was not surprisingly asked about Rousey-“Cyborg”, and here is some of what he had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I think that fight does 2.5 million buys,” White said. “I think that fight is massive.”
“The Cyborg thing is complicated, because, I’m ready for Cyborg, Ronda’s ready for Cyborg, but Cyborg has to make the weight,” White said. “If you see tonight, if you look around, and you see that Ronda is here in Brazil, with a sold-out crowd, the place was cheering for her, which I’ve never seen in Brazil, ever, Brazil only cheers Brazilians, and they’re cheering for Ronda, I’d be cutting weight now and chomping at the bit to fight Ronda if I was Cyborg. That fight is ready to roll whenever Cyborg is ready.”
And that’s the big hurdle here. “Cyborg” hasn’t made the drop to 135 yet, and until she does, a bout with Rousey isn’t going to materialize. In recent months, the word’s been that the UFC wants “Cyborg” to fight at 135 under the Invicta FC banner first–where she’s the 145 champ–and then fight Rousey (assuming she wins of course).
But, could the UFC decide to forgo that, and just book Rousey-“Cyborg”? If the latter promises she’ll make the cut to 135? It might depend on how much buzz is out there in the following weeks regarding the possibility of Rousey-Tate III.