The woman’s MMA fight that everyone wants to see now is current 135lb champion Ronda Rousey Vs former 145lb title holder Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos, but by the look of things putting that fight together is going to be easier said than done.
Before Rousey picked up her latest armbar victory over Sarah Kaufman on Saturday night, ‘Cyborg’ challenged her to come up to her weight class next, but ‘Rowdy’ has since countered that offer by saying that she’s the champion now and the Brazilian should come down in weight to fight her instead.
So it appears we’ve quickly arrived at a stalemate, and in a new statement ‘Cyborg’ claims that she can’t physically make it down to the 135lb weight class and so as far as she is concerned the fight is dead in the water.
“I get many questions about Ronda Rousey, and I would like to set the record straight for the “last time”, as I do not consider her much personally, much less as a fighter.
She claims she is the “Champion” and openly challenges me to fight at 135 pounds. She competed in the Beijing Olympics at 70 kilograms/154 pounds, and fought at 145 pounds in MMA till she learned she would have to fight me, and then dropped to 135 pounds. Which I find laughable. I have never fought below 145 pound, and I am considered the pound for pound top women fighter in the WORLD! I have yet to lose a fight while holding the Strikeforce (featherweight) title. My last fight was considered a no contest, but that has NOT changed the fact that I AM the women’s 145-pound CHAMPION!
There really is NOT a safe way for me to cut to 135 pounds, not without hurting myself physically. I am less than 8% body fat at 145 pounds. And my cardiologist and physician have advised me that to make such a drastic reduction in weight could have permanent effects in my long term health. And I will not endanger my health to satisfy the rantings of a spoiled little girl who has yet to prove that she can truly compete at the my level, at a weight she has not only fought at before but has been awarded an Olympic medal!
So to put this issue to rest, if Ronda is the future of WMMA, and is the “Champion” that she envisions….you know where I am, and I am more than willing to give you an opportunity to test me. I WILL fight you at 145 pounds…you know, the weight that you started at, and then you can have two belts, and prove to everyone that you are indeed a “Champion”.
If not, stay at 135 pounds and continue to delude yourself and your fans that you can beat me. You’re really not worth my time otherwise. I will do all of my talking in the ring. Until then your really not worth my breath.”
Regardless of the posturing between them right now you’d have to imagine that this is a fight that is destined to take place at some stage down in the line, and perhaps a 140lb catchweight would be the fairest option for both parties.