Cyborg asked for Rousey, was told ‘she’s not ready’
Cris Cyborg has claimed since day one that Ronda Rousey is the one ‘ducking’ her and of course Rousey sees it the other way around. Their rivalry has been much discussed and speculated in the MMA media, but as of right now, they fight in different weight divisions and for different promotions, so who knows if we’ll ever see this much talked about fight. Cyborg recently revealed to Damon Martin of B/R, a little bit more to the history:
“I don’t want to talk trash about somebody, I want to prove it inside the cage. When she was in my weight class she said ‘I want to fight Cris Cyborg’ and when I had my last fight against Hiroko (Yamanaka) I talked to Sean Shelby, the matchmaker at Strikeforce, and I said ‘I want Ronda next.’ He said ‘no, she’s not ready for you’ and after that fight she’s talking bad about me but you guys protected her,” Santos revealed in an interview with Bleacher Report
“Because after my fight I told them I want to fight her and they said no she’s not ready for you.”
In Cyborg’s opinion, Rousey was being protected and continues to live under the same shield of protection right now. The Brazilian isn’t sure why a fighter that competed in the Olympics at 154 pounds, then fought MMA at 145 pounds, insists that it’s Santos who drops down to bantamweight for their fight to finally happen.
“She fought at 154 (pounds) in Judo, and I think who is running? It’s not me. I fight at 145, she fought at 145, who’s running from this fight? Not me,” said Cyborg. “People need to see the fact to see who’s running.”