Ronda Rousey remains mum about her future in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But when she decides to return, she will have plenty of options for her comeback bout.
Rousey, who is still the most popular woman mixed martial artist in the world, has not fought since her devastating loss to Holly Holm in November last year. There are rumors, though, that ‘Rowdy’ will end her long hiatus later this year or in early 2017.
And in the event she decides to return, Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Bethe Correia wants a piece of her. Both contenders expressed eagerness to trade blows with Rousey, who could be more dangerous than ever after tasting the first defeat of her career.
Cyborg, who is considered as Rousey’s biggest rival before the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion fell to Holm, told Yahoo Sports that their showdown needs to happen. While she is also unsure if Rousey is planning to return, the Brazilian superstar said that she has unfinished business with her rival.
“I respect all the girls regardless of who they are,” Cyborg said. “But I believe there’s a ‘novela’ between Ronda and I that we need to finish. I think that’s a fight everyone wants to watch.”
Cyborg and Rousey were linked to each other a year ago, but the super fight did not materialize. The two sides have their respective demands, particularly on a catch weight. Rousey wants it at 135 pounds, but Cyborg felt that she will have a fair chance at 140 pounds.
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Meanwhile, Correia is also eager to face Rousey if the latter decides to return. The 33-year-old Brazilian is aching to get back at Rousey, who only needed 34 seconds to win during their showdown at UFC 190 in August last year.
Correia said that she is hoping Rousey will get over her loss to Holm quickly and return to action. She admitted that she is one of those who are hardly praying that Rousey will not retire because she wants a rematch with the former champion.
“The whole world wants to see her back in the Octagon,” Correia told Combate via Bloody Elbow. “Especially because I have a loss to her on my record and I still want to rematch her in the future. But for that to happen, she needs to come back first.”
Aside from Correia and Cyborg, Rousey is also being linked to reigning champion Amanda Nunes. There were talks about a possible fight in November but the plan is unlikely to materialize.