UFC President Dana White hopeful for a Ronda Rousey- Cris Cyborg bout but looking to set Cyborg up with other top 135-pound women in the interim.
One year ago, the biggest fight in women’s MMA (and arguably the entire sport) was a potential matchup between crossover superstar and then UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs. Invicta featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. The bout had been talked about since their Strikeforce days, and when Cyborg signed with the UFC, it looked to be only a matter of time until the two finally locked horns.
But as Gennady Golovkin can tell you, things are rarely as simple as they seem in the world of fight sport. Rousey wanted the fight to be contested at 135 pounds and UFC President Dana White was also demanding it. There were arguments about statements made and fights offered. Ultimately, instead of a Rousey-Cyborg superfight the UFC matched Rousey with Holly Holm, a rising contender and former boxing champion but still (the general logic went among the fans at the time) an opponent Rousey would dispatch en route to building an even bigger fight with Justino.
Of course, Holm went and kicked Rousey’s head and that particular apple cart over with a stunning six-minute demolition of the champion. Suddenly, Holm was the new champion and the Rousey-Cyborg fight was dead in the water. Since then, Rousey receded from public view, was open about struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, and has yet to return to action. In contrast, Cyborg went on to make her UFC debut by dispatching Leslie Smith in 81 seconds at UFC 198, and this weekend, she will headline her first UFC event. In a recent interview with Globo, White discussed the UFC’s plans with Cyborg ….View full article
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