UFC women’s featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino revealed that she is not eager to fight former UFC superstar Ronda Rousey in the cage.
The pair were on track to fight at bantamweight when Rousey was the champion but Justino just couldn’t make the weight cut to 135 pounds and stay healthy.
But now, the landscape of the women’s division has changed drastically, with Justino having cleaned up in her three UFC bouts, Rousey getting knocked out twice and virtually retired from the sport, despite not having said as much.
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“When I wanted to fight her it was because she was at the top of her game and she had all of the confidence in the world,” the Brazilian told her website CrisCyborg.com.
“She had not been KO’d twice in a row and some people were actually saying she could beat Floyd Mayweather in a fight.
“I wanted the challenge so bad I almost killed myself trying to make the lowest weight possible just to give this fight to the fans, and she made every excuse for it not to happen.
“Both of us are now at different chapters in our careers and for me that chapter is finished.
“If Ronda is wanting to make the fight for the fans, I would still be willing to give them it, but I think it would be better to take place inside the WWE ring.”
That last line about a potential WWE scripted clash is certainly tantalising for some fans and a smart ploy by Justino, who is struggling to find decent competition at featherweight in the UFC.