Ortiz: Rousey hasn't proven anything yet

source: mmafighting.com

On a potential Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg Santos superfight:

"Working with Cyborg is challenging. The girl wants to fight, of course, but it's just a question with her getting down to 145 [pounds]. She really feels it's impossible. She walks around 160, 165, and to make 145 for all the years she's done it, she's like, ‘Tito, it really takes the last energy just for me to make 145. Now they want me to cut down to 135? It's going to be really, really, almost impossible.' I battle back and forth with her, telling her how the UFC is going to take care of her, this and that. We're still just ... we're at the end of the rope, I think. I'm not sure if she wants to do it. Me and my partner, George Prajin, we just sit there and we just try to talk to her over and over again.

"Will she make 135? As a person who has cut weight for 22 years: no, I don't think it's going to happen. It's hard for women to cut that much weight. For a woman to be three-percent body fat, it's not healthy. She talks about that she wants to have kids some day. Things like that can damage her [in that regard], and a lot of people don't understand that. This is not a man we're talking about. This is a woman we're talking about. For Ronda to cut down the weight, yeah, she had a lot of extra weight on her.

"[Cyborg] doesn't have much on her. She used to walk around at 170 and she lost some muscle mass just to try to see if she can get lower in this weight to do it. So far, so good. Like I said, she's 160, 165. She bounces back around there. She says she stopped lifting weights the way she does and really just [been] focusing on her jiu-jitsu. She's been training, putting in the time.

"I hope I can put this fight together, man. I'm trying my hardest. I hope Dana [White] understands. I hope Dana is listening to this and understands. I'm trying to get this thing together."

On Ronda Rousey and the UFC women's division:

"I think it should be more about the women's division in general, than about one person. Ronda's fought maybe, what, five times now? Or only five times now? To do that to somebody, it just shows disrespect towards all the other women fighters that are in that weight class.

"I think she's believing the hype a little bit too much. She hasn't proven anything yet."

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JerodR site profile image  

1/29/13 6:03 PM by JerodR

Does anyone have any pics or video when she was at a lighter weight?

EvilGumby site profile image  

1/29/13 5:59 PM by EvilGumby

Remarkably well put and cogent post!I get so sick of the posts confusing the notion of Cyborg "cutting" to 135 from 160+ being confused with the notion of her "making 135" via proper diet to shed some extra muscle mass and then doing a more normal "cut" from 145-150 once she's shed the extra weight via diet.Totally agree and am equally annoyed by the notion that her having to lose a single gram of muscle to do so should be so unthinkable.It's not like she's 6'2" having to make a 135 walk-around weight. Any decent, real, nutritionist should be able to put her in that range in the 4-6 weeks you mention. Totally agree!

Jasonbaldy site profile image  

1/29/13 5:49 PM by Jasonbaldy

weekly tests for steroids and other PEDS for a year prior to any UFC fight and Gender test. Other than that, any female MMA fighter should not fight Cyborg. She should not be rewarded for cheating.

JerodR site profile image  

1/29/13 5:39 PM by JerodR

Hopefully they are able to make this fight. It seems to me that Cyborg just bulked up too much in muscle. Given a different workout and diet, I would think she would have no problems. The thing I hate is that it seems like Tito wants to be the center of attention again. I would rather see Cyborg in these interviews or something.. Even if Tito did most of the talking.Also...the number of fights doesn't matter. Rousey proved she could be the champ and a contender. That is proof enough.

Sourire site profile image  

1/29/13 12:54 PM by Sourire

I don't like the `damage control` of trying to make Rousey look bad. Tito should be focusing his time on building up Cyborg's credibility after getting caught on steroids.

subwrassler site profile image  

1/29/13 12:49 PM by subwrassler

somebody don't like women

larry bagina site profile image  

1/29/13 12:40 PM by larry bagina

Lol! "Ha ha, well its true ya know, its just one of those things" = "ha ha, well you got me"

BshMstr site profile image  

1/29/13 11:22 AM by BshMstr

i wonder if she made weight before BECAUSE of some of the steroids she used....she got popped for Winstrol, which can have a dramatic effect on reducing estrogen. i suspect that was part of her weight cutting regimen before.....but i don't have any sympathy for her, either...

JaeP site profile image  

1/29/13 10:27 AM by JaeP


Hired Gun site profile image  

1/29/13 7:38 AM by Hired Gun

Tito says a few fights doesnt prove anything. Same can be said about someone who used steroids their entire career. Let's see how his girl does off the juice first. For all we know is the loss of strength from coming off of it might just be in Cyborgs head and she might just lose. Keep trying to keep your girl in the news but she has allot to prove before she gets any credit from anyone in the mma community.