Rousey: ‘Cyborg’ fight needs to happen

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

“I think it’s just too soon marketing-wise,” Rousey told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I know that I’m capable of beating any woman in the world at any moment, but I think that if me and Cris ‘Cyborg’ were to fight today, I don’t think that many people would be hyped up about it or be looking forward to it. That’s why I’ve been so adamant about moving down at getting the belt at 135 first so when a fight between me and Cris ‘Cyborg’ does eventually happen, it will be a big deal.”

It’s an interesting point, especially when one considers Santos recently fought for the first time in 18 months and that the future of female fighting was uncertain until this past week, when UFC president Dana White confirmed Strikeforce would indeed remain operational for the foreseeable future.

Rousey, currently a featherweight, believes the best way to help build interest for the matchup is to drop to 135 pounds and take on current champ (and budding Twitter rival) Miesha Tate. In Rousey’s eyes, the process would allow her to gain valuable in-cage experience, as well as increase her visibility by wrapping a belt around her waist.

The outspoken Rousey has developed some critics who believe she should fight Santos right now rather than looking to leave the weightclass, and some feel she may be ducking a fight with the Brazilian brawler.

Rousey scoffs at the accusation.

“There’s a big difference between timing and running,” Rousey said. “I’m trying to time things appropriately so it will be great for women’s MMA in general, not just me.

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