This is supposed to be the year of big UFC superfights – real ones, not borderline ones like Aldo-Edgar – but I certainly don’t see Anderson Silva fighting GSP or Jon Jones this year. And now it looks like Ronda Rousey vs Cris Cyborg won’t happen either. After over a month of back and forth arguments about weight and Cyborg’s ‘desire to fight Ronda’, Cris has asked for a release. Via a ridiculously dressed Tito Ortiz:
She says I would love to do a three fight deal, fourth fight would be against Ronda. Let’s get it done at 140. Not be a fight for 135 pound championship. Do it at 140.
For her to get down to 135 pounds is physically impossible…for a woman. For a man it’s a lot more possible because we have a lot more water weight to take off. For Cris Cyborg to get down to that weight she’s gotta be three to four percent body fat and I’ve talked to her. She says she wants to start a family later on, she wants to have kids, and that’s what…family is what it’s truly about.
Right now we’re waiting for the UFC to release her. We’ve asked for the UFC to release her. I talked to Dana [White] yesterday. They gave an offer, I went to Cyborg, she said she didn’t want to do it. So we just asked for her release. If they’re not having a 145 pound weight class, what else can she do? So as of now she’s going to be released and maybe we’ll go look somewhere else.
This sucks because it was finally sounding like Dana White was cracking on the weight class issue:
“If that’s what [Santos] is willing to do is go to 140, let’s let Ronda defend her title a few times and see if Ronda wants to go to 140,” said White during the UFC 156 media scrum. “If I know Ronda, she probably would anyway, so let’s see what happens. But if [Santos] wants to fight for a title and have a title fight, she has to go to 135 pounds.”
But I guess Cyborg wasn’t super hyped about waiting around for Ronda to ‘defend her title a few times.’ The former 145 champ has only fought twice in the past three years and you know these women aren’t making big bucks. Where will she go? Who knows, but it would amaze me if Bellator didn’t take the opportunity to lock up a fighter they could present at the top of their women’s division who is just as legit and badass as Rousey.