When it was revealed that Ronda Rousey was to become the UFC’s first ever female signing everyone’s thoughts immediately turned to the prospect of a ‘superfight’ with Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos, but it’s been a fight that’s proven tricky to put together.
Both UFC president Dana White and Rousey, who’s been installed as the first UFC 135lb champ, have insisted that for the fight to take place ‘Cyborg’ will have to cut down to 135lbs, but up until this point she’s refused to do so, insisting that her doctor had advised her that it would be unsafe for her to do so.
It appears that the UFC are still keen on making this fight happen though, and the former Strikeforce 145lb champ who’s title was stripped from her after testing positive for steroids earlier this year, seems to be warming to the idea.
However, she appears to pour cold water on a rumor that’s been circulating that the fight could headline UFC 157 on February 23rd.
“I’m organizing, but is a lengthy process, and much weight,” ‘Cyborg’ tells the TATAME site in Brazil. “I am willing to do that to fight with [Rousey], but not in two months. If it’s at my weight, I [fight] in February. At 61 kilograms (135 pounds), I need more time.”
It’ll be interesting to see whether the UFC will accept that, or will push for her to accept the fight in the time frame that suits them best. It’s worth noting that former UFC superstar Tito Ortiz is ‘Cyborg’s’ manager now, and he knows that his client is in a strong position since this will be the biggest bout in female MMA history, so I don’t think she’ll be easily pressured into doing so – or at least not without settling on a lucrative deal first.
If it turns out that this fight has to be pushed back to later in the year then I’d suggest Marloes Coenen as a suitable replacement for Rousey’s first title defense. She too is a former Strikeforce champion and has the credentials, the charisma and the technique to make this a good first fight for the UFC to promote.