Now that Ronda Rousey has summarily dispatched Bethe Correia (now in claymation!), the focus has naturally shifted to her future opponents. Even though Rousey’s next fight is most likely another rematch with Miesha Tate (possibly on the most loaded UFC card in history), the name on everyone’s list is Cyborg, as in Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
As fight fans are well aware, Cyborg normally fights at 145 pounds, and Rousey at 135. In a post-fight interview with Fox’s Ariel Helwani, Rousey reiterated her stance that Cyborg should be the one to make her weight, especially considering that UFC doesn’t have a 145-pound female division. Rousey also contended that making weight wouldn’t be especially tough for Justino if she laid off the juice:
“I’m prepared to deal with anything. That’s why I’m the champ — I fight in the UFC 135-pound division. She can fight at 145 pumped full of steroids, and she can make weight just like everybody else without them.”
Not that we should be surprised, but that’s a very direct challenge. To Cyborg’s credit, she seems up to it. See her Facebook post in the wake of Rousey’s last win as evidence:
UFC boss Dana White, for his part, is licking his chops and buying a bigger wallet:
“The day [Cyborg] makes the weight and does what she’s supposed to do, that fight’s on. She want’s that, everybody. You think I don’t want that fight?
“That fight will do 2.5 million [PPV] buys. I think that fight is massive.”
It might have to wait until 2016, but a Rousey-Cyborg fight would indeed be massive.