Cyborg: Ronda Rousey's running from me


The entrance of women into the UFC has opened up unprecedented opportunities, with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey reportedly becoming one of the top 10 best compensated fighters in the league history. Ironically, arguably the best female fighter in the sport, Cris 'Cyborg' Justino, has seen little of it.

Justino's next fight isn't even in MMA. On March 28 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Justino fights Jorina Baars, in Muay Thai. Baars also competes in MMA, where she holds a 1-3 record. Baars kickboxing record is reportedly 18-0.

Then Justino will be defending her Invicta featherweight title.

"There is nothing set right now, but I'm hearing maybe I will fight in May," Justino told B/R. "It will be against a Brazilian girl Ediane Gomes. I am looking forward to defending my belt, but I don't have a date yet."

Justino's Invicta belt is at 145, and the UFC has a 135 lb division, with a 115 one in development, effectively covering 105 (women can put on a little weight), 115 (check), 125 (women can drop or go up), 135 (check), and 145 (women can drop).

But can Justino drop safely to 135 and go to the UFC? Her former manager Tito Ortiz previously said the drop could kill her.

"I'm focused on my next fight and will have my Invicta fight after that, but it's possible," said Justino. "There are things I have to do before I can go down that road. After I have those fights, we'll see. I am going to do this fight for Lion Fights, then I'll defend my belt and I want to drop down to 135. After that, we will see."

There is a rumor that Gina Carano, who through her Strikeforce contract that ZUFFA acquired remains under contract with the UFC for her next four fights, could be fighting Rousey.

"This makes me laugh," said Justino. "The focus always gets put on the wrong person. Why do the UFC guys talk bad about me? Because she's running from me. I've been saying for a long time we can do this fight at 145 or 140, but that's not an option. But it's OK for her to fight Gina Carano at 140 or 145? Why? Because she's running from me, and they are protecting her. This is funny to me.

"Whenever people say something about me I try to prove they are wrong. It doesn't change me because they keep talking about me, and I keeping going forward. I keep training hard. I keep competing and keep working to improve my skills. It won't make me change who I am."

Rousey of course has reasonably and consistently stated that fighting in her own division does not constitute running, and that if Justino wants to fight, she knows where she is.

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jwg site profile image  

3/10/14 6:14 PM by jwg

If you're going to lecture somebody about journalistic integrity you may want to consider the following facts.The noun waist refers to the narrow part of the body between the ribs and hips.The verb waste means to use or spend thoughtlessly.The more you know...

easedel site profile image  

3/10/14 6:08 PM by easedel

O stfu

Vote me down site profile image  

3/10/14 5:19 PM by Vote me down

Cyroid no thanks

Billyz site profile image  

3/10/14 4:56 PM by Billyz

she needs to keep talking about rhonda to be relevant. Now she is making up fights that aren't happening?! So now Carano is coming back and Rhonda is fighting her at 140 or 145?for fucks sake just get down to 135 or stop talking about this fight already

Soup and Beer site profile image  

3/10/14 3:29 PM by Soup and Beer

No.  It's just more nonsense from Cyborg.

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3/10/14 3:04 PM by buckshot44


BuckyGoldstein site profile image  

3/10/14 3:02 PM by BuckyGoldstein

did Ronda say that she would fight Gina at 140?

JudoknowNothing site profile image  

3/10/14 2:36 PM by JudoknowNothing

This fight wont happen until next year IF Cyborg makes 135 lbs.I know Ronda isnt scared.

Steepslider site profile image  

3/10/14 2:19 PM by Steepslider

Fake news & fake 'call out' from a (I'm a assuming) nearly broke juiced fighter.This is a waist of space on UG and a waist of our time. Let her do everything uncle Dana said she had to do, then print some shit she says.UG, have some journalistic integrity and filter the crap out for us.... pleeeeaasse!I feel much better now.

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3/10/14 1:53 PM by CapnKindBud

Hehehe really? The attack of the mighty penitoris ....quit roiding, freak!


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