Tell Me Again Why We Can’t Have A Ronda Rousey-Cris Cyborg Fight? What’s Rousey Afraid Of?
We had to wait 60 years for a Superman-Batman movie, but the two sides somehow got it done, and now the debate over which superhero is greatest will finally be decided. Too bad we can't say the same for the female side of Mixed Martial Arts.
As you know, Ronda Rousey needed 34 seconds to flatten Bethe Correia in their UFC "fight" on Saturday, retaining her bantamweight world title. Rousey's past three wins have totaled 64 seconds (Cat Zingano by submission in 14 seconds, Alexis Davis by KO in 16 seconds), which is shorter than it takes me to boil water in the microwave.
But somehow, there's something missing. Oh, I know -- Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg Santos.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm no UFC expert -- I see the appeal, but am also somewhat put off by the brutal nature of it. So this is a legitimnate question I hope that a reader can answer -- why can't Rousey, who is fighting at 135 pounds, fight Cyborg, the undefeated Brazilian-born fighter who is currently at 145?
Cyborg seems to be the only female on the planet, except maybe that Russian chick in Kick Ass 2, who would give Rousey a competitive fight. But what we're hearing from Rousey, and UFC boss Dana White, are a host of demands that Cyborg comply to their conditions. IF Cyborg can get down to 135. IF she "stops pumping herself with steroids." IF a deal can be struck between the two fighting leagues (Cyborg is the Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion). Cyborg is ranked as the No. 2 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, next to guess-who? Shouldn't a fight between them be the natural progression of things?
Here's what confuses me: if Rousey is so otherworldy unbeatable, if she is so badass (after all, she's not conceding that she would lose in the men's division), then why should 10 pounds make a difference? Why not require Cyborg take a drug test, and just get it on?
Otherwise, I don't want to hear all of this other ambient noise. We don't need to wait for this showdown until one of them goes to prison, and the other runs for congress and makes a bad easy listening album.
I hate the term "pound-for-pound" when it is spoken in an MMA context. It's such a macho sport, and its supporters are so passionate about how their favorites are so tough, that when you have to qualify it like that, it takes away the mystique. "My athlete will DESTROY your athlete! ... That is, IF he loses three pounds, and pees in this cup."
What if Batman refused to fight Bane until the latter moved down to his weight class, and didn't use those chemicals in his mask? We'd still be waiting for the end of Dark Knight Rises.
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