Ronda Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan suggested that if the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion were to have one more fight, it would be against longtime rival Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Justino caught wind of Tarverdyan’s comments on “The MMA Hour” and agreed that a bout against Rousey would be best for business … just not in a sanctioned MMA match. Instead, Cyborg believes that the world of sports entertainment would be the perfect place to have them meet.
“If Ronda is wanting to make the fight for the fans, I would still be willing to give them it,” Justino said in a post on her website. “But I think it would be better to take place inside the WWE ring. For her, it gets her one step closer to Hollywood and for me it would be another exciting challenge and a chance to test my athletic ability.”
Cyborg vs. Rousey has long been a dream fight for MMA fans considering their respective dominance over their competition. However, interest has dwindled with Rousey’s back-to-back knockout losses in her last two fights and there is speculation that she will never compete in MMA again. Cyborg has since continued her run through competition and is currently the UFC women’s featherweight champion. With their careers going in opposite directions, Cyborg doesn’t see the need for them to fight.
“When I wanted to fight her, it was because she was at the top of her game and she had all of the confidence in the world,” she said. “She had not been KO’d twice in a row, and some people were actually saying she could beat Floyd Mayweather in a fight.”
Cyborg recalled a time when she tried everything she could to land the fight with Rousey but, for one reason or another, it never came to fruition.
“I wanted the challenge so bad I almost killed myself trying to make the lowest weight possible just to give this fight to the fans, and she made every excuse for it not to happen,” Cyborg said. “Both of us are now at different chapters in our careers, and for me that chapter is finished.”
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