Rousey gets UFC belt, Cris Cyborg must make 135

by Steven Marrocco | source: mmajunkie

At the UFC 153 post fight press conference, UFC President Dana White offered some details on women in the UFC.

The UFC women's bantamweight title will go to Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, without a fight. It is uncertain who her first challenger will be, but if it is Cris 'Cyborg' Santos, she must make 135, and White did not seem particularly enthusiastic about the possibility.

"Our matchmakers have talked to their camp, and she doesn't seem too excited to fight Ronda," White said.

Cyborg can apply for a license to fight in January, following a one year suspension and loss of the Strikeforce 145-pound title after testing positive for the use of the Performance Enhancing Drug Stanozolol.

Who ever Rousey fights, the date has not been determined, although it will be on PPV, and Rousey will headline, unless a champion of greater weight fights on the card.

"We're bringing in the 135-pound division," said White. "I'm trying this whole women's thing out. Obviously, Ronda is the champ. I think Ronda has the potential to be a big star. She's already getting media that we've never even gotten before, and she's never even set foot in the UFC yet. That's the division that we're bringing in."

However unenthusiastic White was about Santos, he is determined to make Women in the UFC work, even saying Rousey and female challenger could potentially coach male fighters on TUF.

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JerodR site profile image  

12/6/12 6:55 PM by JerodR

This.. Rousey also wanted a fight with Cyborg prior to Cyborg getting popped so her attitude has changed a bit. Still say she takes it though.

kinson site profile image  

12/6/12 1:24 PM by kinson

Cyborg is bad for female mma.

Steve4192 site profile image  

12/6/12 10:10 AM by Steve4192

  Twice .... both times as a result of a sloppy throw attempt by Cyborg that Gina reversed.     Cyborg LOVES to get into clinch range and muscle her opponents.  Her entire striking game is built around the old Chute Boxe model of moving forward, throwing power shots, and grabbing the clinch whenever your opponent lets you get in that close.  Unfortunately, she is not very technical when it comes to her clinch work.  She mostly just muscles her opponents around.  If she tries that against a world class judoka, she is going to get dumped on her head.

OMGClayGuida site profile image  

12/6/12 10:02 AM by OMGClayGuida

Am I the only person here who thinks Rousey would beat Cyborg quite comprehensively?Does anyone remember the Cybrog Vs. Carrano fight? That was nowhere near as one sided as people thought it would be. Didn't Gina have Cyborg mounted at one point?I think Rousey beats Cyborg and she does it fast when she gets her to the ground. Her Judo game is too good for her not to be able to take the fight there too. I hope the fight happens. Those people saying Cyborg walks through Rousey will be shocked.

Whambo site profile image  

12/6/12 9:51 AM by Whambo

Without Gina, we probably wouldn't have Ronda. Without Bisping UK MMA wouldn't be as developed as it is now. Fact is big stars = development, and with Ronda coming in we could see a big explosion in women's MMA. Hopefully this leads to a TUF season where at least half the fighters are women which will give some much needed depth to the division.People seem to think WMMA will not work because of how shitty it has been in boxing. But the UFC is totally dif than the boxing model, they really do have a chance to develop the division and build stars. Dana talks about a female boxer that could have been big, but every female boxer pretty much ducked her. You can't get away with that shit in the UFC.

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12/6/12 7:45 AM by GunnarWreckedMyAssHAOLE


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11/19/12 6:02 AM by Cya


ender852 site profile image  

11/18/12 11:35 PM by ender852

for the love of god please make an all female TUF...

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11/18/12 4:27 PM by biva


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11/18/12 4:21 PM by Authority Figure

You must be forgetting another great reality show where they took 25 of the finest sufer chicks on the planet and gave them a show to see who would win a major sponsorship. They were in bikinis for the entire series, and that shit still tanked. I was heartbroken.