Cris Cyborg not likely next opponent for Ronda Rousey

by Matt Erickson | source:

In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto Pareto observed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population and 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the peas. This eventually became the Pareto Principle, known colloquially as "The 80-20 Rule" - across a wide variety of events in life, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

The rule applies in fighting.

At least 80% of the excitement over fights comes from 20% of the fights. Sometimes it feels like The 98-2 Rule - a handful of fighters and fights generate 98% of the fan attention. That is why even at the peak of the sport in the UFC, Jon Jones, GSP, and Anderson Silva makes many millions, while some undercard fighters still fight for 6/6.

Although Invicta is doing an extraordinary job of bringing Women's MMA to popular attention, there are some days where it feels like 98% of the heat in WMMA is coming from two fighters - Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and former featherweight champ Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos.

There is a superfight on the horizon between the two, but several things have to happen first. Cyborg has to come off suspension for PEDs in December and get relicensed. Rousey has be assured that Cyborg is clean. A weight for the fight has to be agreed to. And the camps have to come to financial terms.

As Rousey barely broke a sweat her last fight just three weeks ago, armbarring Sarah Kaufman in 54 seconds, "Rowdy" wants to fight, so it looks like her next bout will not be against Cris Cyborg.

"(The Cyborg fight) believe me, is something I think should happen," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told on Thursday. "I think it's something that will happen. And when Cyborg gets off suspension, the conversation is going to get very, very real about putting that fight together because I think that's the fight everyone wants to see."

"I'm sure Ronda would like to fight before that. She barely broke a sweat in her last fight. It's something where she's been dominant and she's going to want to fight, I think, before Cyborg can actually get back in the cage off the suspension."

"That's something we're working on internally. We haven't flushed it out 100 percent because Ronda just fought. We're going to have some serious conversations about the next move. But my feeling is she's going to want to compete before Cyborg is able to compete."

The obvious question is who, and an obvious answer is Sara McMann, who recently signed with Strikeforce, and is expected to fight in the Nov. 3 fight card in Oklahoma.

Both fighters are 6-0 as pros and Olympic medalists (McMann a silver for wrestling in 2004, Rousey a bronze for Judo in 2008).

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