Former Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and current bantamweight title-holder Ronda Rousey have had their names linked together for awhile based on the public’s desire to see a dance between two of the top female fighters in MMA. Fuel has also been added to the fire due to Rousey’s willingness to blast “Cyborg” publicly for steroid use, labeling her as a cheater and even going so far as to question the Brazilian’s gender.
However, one of the main issues preventing the potential pairing relates to weight. Though Rousey used to fight at 145 pounds, she has since slimmed down to 135, while Santos has recently backed off previous statements about following suit to say she can’t drop to bantamweight in a healthy manner after all and would prefer to face “Rowdy Ronda” at a catchweight of 140 (if not at featherweight).
Rousey caught wind of Santos’ statements and addressed them on a today’s episode of TSN’s MMA Report where she shrugged off the notion of going up in weight to appease Santos’ demands (credit to MMAFighting for the transcription).
“If she wants to fight me than she is going to have to find a way to come down to 135. We’ll see how she does in a fair fight for once in her life,” said the outspoken champion. “She has a history of coming in overweight to fights and I wouldn’t doubt that if we agreed to some sort of catchweight at 140, she’d show up at 145 anyway and be like ‘ah whatever, fight or not.’ She’s done this many times before. I don’t owe her anything.”
“She’s completely defamed, and anything she’s ever done is nothing because she is a big old cheater and she’s been doping her whole life,” Rousey continued. “She is nothing but a detriment to the sport and the only positive she could play is an Ivan Drago bad guy that gets beat to hell by a Rocky. So no, she can come down and fight me at 135 because I have a whole line of other people that want to fight me already and I don’t owe her anything.”
Not done there, Rousey went on to make several references to Santos’ suspension for steroid use, accusing “Cyborg” of being afraid of a “fair fight”.
“I don’t need to come up and it’s just like, why would I even want to come up to her weight? Stop doping, lose the weight. She can either do the drugs and fight me at 135 and have the drugs be just as much a detriment as a help to her during the weight cut, or she can cut out all the doping and make the weight easily. It’s just whatever. As long as she makes 135, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs but that’s the only way I feel it would be a fair fight. She’s never had a fair fight in her life and I see how the prospect of that would scare the hell out of her and why she would insist at fighting heavier,” concluded Rousey on the matter.
The unbeaten Rousey is currently busy making the final march towards a meeting with Sarah Kaufman this Saturday night where she’ll defend her title for the first time since winning it in March. Meanwhile, “Cyborg” is still sidelined until mid-December after Stanozolol was found in her system last year.
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