Can the women’s fight everyone most wants to see ever come to fruition?
Is there any way to make the Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg Santos fight happen?
Cyborg says there is a way, but that UFC president Dana White is just protecting Rousey, trying to make the fight happen with Cyborg going into it handicapped.
“I am not afraid of Ronda Rousey,” Cyborg posted recently via Twitter. “I will fight her anywhere anytime for free.
“Everyone knows I barely make 145 (pounds), but I am willing to sacrifice and meet her halfway at 140.”
White has said over and over again that the UFC instituted a 135-pound women’s division and installed Rousey as the division’s first champion; period. They are not ready to add any other women’s weight classes anytime soon.
“Cyborg either wants to come in and fight for the title and get a big payday and fight the champion or she doesn't,” said White.
Cyborg believes that White is holding his stance because he wants his new champion to have an unfair advantage.
“I can't believe Dana White says I want nothing to do with Ronda Rousey,” she posted.
“What he wants me to do is fight Rhonda with both my hands tied behind my back or comatose, so that she can have a chance, which is what making me fight at 135 is.”
The former Strikeforce featherweight champion, however, says that she is willing to handicap herself, partially, by dropping partway down to make the fight happen.
“To finally shut everyone up, I will fight Rhonda with one hand tied behind my back at 140 pounds and still kick her ass and prove that I'm the real champ not her,” she declared.
“And let the winner take all. Come on Ronda Rousey; step up, bitch!”
Brazen words, for sure, but not completely out of the realm of possibility. White appears to be warming to the idea that the fight could happen… even if not on his demand of it being at 135 pounds.
Would he really consider going outside of his only women’s division to put the fight together?
“If that's what (Cyborg) is willing to do, is go to 140, let Rhonda defend her title a few times and see if Rhonda wants to go to 140,” White told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
“If I know Rhonda, she probably would anyway. If (Cyborg) wants to fight for a title, she's gotta go to 135 pounds. The fight at 140 would be a fan fight because everybody wants to see it, but it's not one of those fights that makes sense.”
It may not make sense, but White has stated time and again – and he reiterated this on Thursday – he is “in the business of making fights that the fans want to see.”
So if the fans make it clear that they want to see Rhonda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg, and Rousey agrees, it appears that the fight could eventually take place… even at a catchweight.
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