Known for being outspoken and unafraid of the repercussions for any wrongdoings, UFC women’s bantamweight title holder Ronda Rousey has added to her bad reputation with recent comments about former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. The pair have been linked with a fight for Rousey’s bantamweight title in the past, with the dominant Cyborg willing to drop down in weight to fight the champion, but signing with the UFC has yet to come to fruition for Justino.
Speaking with Yahoo! Sports‘ Kevin Iole, Rousey was once again willing to speak what was on her mind, but this time it doesn’t seem to have got her into much trouble with UFC officials. UFC president Dana White is famous for having a bad view of Cyborg, citing her past steroid abuse and failed drug tests as a reason for the UFC failing to agree terms with the Brazilian.
Justino is currently Invicta featherweight champion and was once seen as the biggest threat to Rousey’s crown. Her invincibility was somewhat diminished when Justino suffered a dominant loss in Muay Thai against the far bigger Dutch destroyer Jorina Barrs. However, this fight was in a different sport, and perhaps in mixed martial arts the outcome would have been very different. Barrs is 1-3 as an MMA fighter, which proves just how different the two sports are.
However Cyborg is still yet to earn the respect of UFC champion Ronda Rousey – unlike one of her foes Gina Carano, who Rousey has recently praised in the media. Speaking with Iole, Rousey had this to say on Cris Cyborg in a recent interview.
“I’ve said before, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I’ll fight her, but that’s just my personal decision, but I can’t make a decision for the whole division. I can’t say it’s the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.
Rousey explained how she doesn’t feel beating Cyborg would do any good, and look into the long term repercussions of the Brazilian joining the bantamweight division.
“If she comes in the UFC and I beat the f–k out of her and then I retire and become an action movie star, then the UFC is still going to be stuck with her. The division could die. She could ruin the whole sport. Even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if I beat the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.”
She also compared Cyborg to Carano, who has also been linked with a future fight with Rousey.
“I’d be honored to fight a competitor like Gina, who is an example of what real respect and honor is in the cage. I really think with Cyborg taking all of those steroids and hormones and then going into the cage, it’s like going in with a weapon. It’s certainly very negligent, but it’s also criminal. I believe, it really is. Promoting her would be promoting that act and I think it would be wrong in every way.”
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