Is Ronda Rousey delaying her return to avoid facing Cris Cyborg? Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White thinks otherwise.
White revealed in a recent interview with TMZ Sports that Rousey is not ducking Cyborg. The popular mixed martial arts executive insisted that the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is willing to square off with Cyborg.
“Ronda wants to fight her,” White said when asked about the possibility of staging the Rousey-Cyborg fight. “She absolutely, positively wants to fight Cyborg.”
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White also confirmed recent reports that the Rousey is already in talks about a possible fight before the year ends. Previous reports revealed that Rousey’s comeback could happen at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is the most likely opponent of Rousey this year. But things could change quick in UFC, as proven by recent events like the surprising match between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November.
However, the weight issue will still be the biggest hurdle for the bout. White said that they need to find a common ground because Rousey is natural 135-pound fighter, while Cyborg is used to fighting at 145. Cyborg fought at 140 pounds in her recent bouts, but it remains to be seen whether or not Rousey will agree to move up.
Cyborg, who defeated Leslie Smith in her UFC debut in May, recently scored a second-round knockout win over Lina Lansberg last Saturday. Following her victory, the 31-year-old Brazilian reiterated that she wants Rousey to return to make their dream fight happen.
“Come back for your fans and let’s make the fight for all the fans, for women’s MMA,” Cyborg said via Fox Sports when she called out Rousey. “I think everybody wants this fight and it would be amazing.”