Ronda Rousey Return: 'Rowdy' Will Not Face Cris Cyborg?

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 09/23/16 05:36AM EDT
UFC president Dana White is still open to the idea of a Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg match-up
Cris Cyborg Justino of Brazil weighs in during the UFC 198 weigh-in at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 13, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil.(Photo : Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino is doubtful that the long-awaited super fight between her and former UFC women's bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey will ever take place.

The two women have been pitted against each other for the last four years, since Rousey bagged the Strikeforce title from then champion Miesha Tate. Upon her transition to the UFC, which subsequently led to a reign, the buzz to make the fight happen only grew louder.

But since Rousey's aura of invincibility dramatically faded after her second-round knockout loss to Holly Holm in December 2015 at UFC 193, the idea of the said fight was pushed to the sidelines. Recently, however, UFC president Dana White said he is still positive that the said "dream fight" between the two elite female fighters will happen soon.

"I think in a perfect world, what everybody would love to see is Ronda vs. Cyborg, so everybody is waiting -- I'm sure Cyborg is, too -- is the return of Ronda Rousey" White said via an MMA Fighting report.

But for her part, Cyborg is not sure if the fight will ever take place, citing a number of circumstances. The biggest concern at hand is that if she would be able to make the stipulated weight of 135-pounds, which is Rousey's home weight class. The Brazilian female fighter is a natural featherweight at 145-pounds, and is the Invicta FC world champion.

Speaking to Sporting News, Cyborg says it all depends upon Rousey's return, and how it will play out. "Let's see if she's (Rousey) coming back," Cyborg said. "Of course I will do a superfight and all the fans want to watch it. But I don't think this plan like, oh, he's gonna wake up today and say, 'Oh, I want to do Cyborg vs. Ronda.' I think this was the plan already.

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