Cris Cyborg Says UFC Has Offered Her A Fight With Ronda Rousey On Dec. 5th In Dallas
Could this fight actually be on? Cris Cyborg and her trainer, Tito Ortiz, say that UFC officials have contacted them and set a date, and that the two will fight at 135 pounds. That means Cyborg will go down from 145, and Rousey up from 130. And the fight will be in ... 100,000-seat AT&T Stadium in Texas.
On the other hand however, UFC president Dana White says that's absolutely not true, in fact calling it "100 percent a lie."
Any way you look at it, however, this potential super matchup is way ahead of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao planning stages.
Rousey, of course, has been dispatching inferior opponents as if they were orcs from Lord of the Rings movies, needing less than a minute to end her past two bouts. She's undefeated at 14-0. Probably the only fighter on the horizon who could give her some competition is "Cyborg" Justino, who fights for the rival Invicta league and has a 16-1 record with 12 knockouts -- or 17-1 if you count when she choked out a journalist.
Her only loss was her first-ever bout in 2005, after she had been recruited from the handball court in her native Brazil. She's won 16 straight since then, including a first-round TKO over Gina Carano in 2009.
Here are the problems with a Cyborg-Rousey matchup, however:
* Cyborg is a featherweight, fighting in the 145-pound division -- and typically is at 150-155 before she starts training. Getting to 135 is a long haul for her, especially if this Dec. 5 stuff is real.
* She's been accused of guzzling steroids, and indeed had a victory vacated in 2011 after testing positive for the PED drostanolone. It's been these steroid allegations that have held up a UFC meeting with Rousey in the past.
Let's get to the quotes.
The Fight Is On
"I've heard from Cris actually about the fight that's supposed to be happening at the Cowboy's arena," Ortiz told Inside MMA last week. "They offered the fight to Cris. I know her management said yes and I've told her, 'Let's do it.' So I guess the ball's all in Ronda's corner and Ronda wants to do it. Dana said if Cris came down to 135 they'll make the fight happen, so let's see if Ronda accepts the fight."
The Fight Is NOT On
"That was a complete lie," White said to Yahoo Sports. "It's 100 percent a lie. First of all, the UFC doesn't even talk to Tito Ortiz, so let's start there. But we haven't offered any fight to (Cyborg). Tito Ortiz is just making this shit up. In no way, shape or form did we offer her a fight against Ronda at Cowboys Stadium. Completely untrue."
No, The Fight IS On!
God: "Leave Me Out Of This"
One can see why Dana White would not want this fight. He risks losing his golden goose -- an undefeated Rousey is worth more to him than a one-time pay-per-view bonanza, no matter how lucrative that may be. It's my opinion that Rousey would win a matchup with Cyborg, but I'm no UFC expert. Cyborg is adept in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and it only takes one well-placed blow to ruin a person's day, or career.
So I'll say about this the same as I said about Mayweather-Pacquiao: the idea of this matchup is much better than if it actually happens. Reality tends to drastically lower excitement. Enjoy the anticipation and the bar bets. That's the best part.
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