For some reason, Dana White has decided the best way to make the Ronda Rousey vs Cris Cyborg superfight happen is to repeatedly accuse Cris Cyborg of ducking Ronda. That whole unhealthy weight-cut thing that could potentially fuck up her ability to have children someday? Just a lame excuse! Cris Cyborg obviously does not want this fight, nor the hundreds of thousands of dollars that would come with it.
To counter these claims, Cris has come out with a pretty fiery statement:
I am not afraid of Rhonda! I will fight her anywhere and anytime for free – everyone knows I barely make 145 – but I am willing to sacrifice and meet her half way at 140 – I can’t believe dana says I want nothing to do with Rhonda – what he wants me to do is fight Rhonda with both my hands tied behind my back or comatosed-so that she can have a chance – which is what making me fight at 135 is – to finally shut everyone up – I will fight Rhonda with one hand tied behind my Back at 140lb and still kick her ass and prove that I’m the real champ not her – and let the winner take ALL come on rhonda step up (expletive)!
Her manager Tito Ortiz started out pretty pro-Cyborg when it came to the unreasonableness of expecting a woman to cut 35 pounds for a fight. But lately even he seems on the ‘Let Mike Dolce experiment on her and see what happens’ train. From his appearance on this week’s MMA Hour:
“Working with Cyborg is challenging. The girl wants to fight, of course, but it’s just a question with her getting down to 145 [pounds]. She really feels it’s impossible. She walks around 160, 165, and to make 145 for all the years she’s done it, she’s like, ‘Tito, it really takes the last energy just for me to make 145. Now they want me to cut down to 135? It’s going to be really, really, almost impossible.’ I battle back and forth with her, telling her how the UFC is going to take care of her, this and that. We’re still just … we’re at the end of the rope, I think. I’m not sure if she wants to do it. Me and my partner, George Prajin, we just sit there and we just try to talk to her over and over again.
“Will she make 135? As a person who has cut weight for 22 years: no, I don’t think it’s going to happen. It’s hard for women to cut that much weight. For a woman to be three-percent body fat, it’s not healthy. She talks about that she wants to have kids some day. Things like that can damage her [in that regard], and a lot of people don’t understand that.”
Just ask Kenny Florian, who suffered thyroid problems after cutting to 145 pounds. I’m sure there’s a host of other fighters who have seriously fucked their bodies up cutting too much. Many of them probably don’t even realize it. Could Mike Dolce perform some kind of miracle and get Cris down to 135 pounds? Maybe. Would she be able to perform in the cage? Maybe. Could that miracle permanently fuck Cris’s endocrine system up? Maybe.
That’s a lot of maybes when there’s a solution out there that doesn’t involve emaciating one of the fighters to a potentially dangerous degree. That solution is a catchweight, and while I understand it isn’t optimal because of the way the UFC is trying to structure its women’s division, it sure beats this superfight never happening it all.