Although Strikeforce bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey (Pictured) is preparing to make her first title defense when she meets Sarah Kaufman in Southern Cali, it seems the only female fight anyone is interested in watching would involve the “Rowdy” one and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
The scrap is certainly on Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker’s mind. However, Cyborg is currently shelved with a steroid suspension and there’s also the question of whether the former featherweight champ could safely cut the pounds needed to make 135.
“Right now, Ronda and Sarah, they have a tough test next week in San Diego and Cyborg is out until the middle of December. We’ll have to talk to her at that time and see what her interest is as far as going down in weight,” Coker revealed during Wednesday’s conference call. “I know [Strikeforce matchmaker Sean Shelby] has started talking to Cyborg of fighting at 135, so there’s dialog, but nothing is confirmed.
“We’ll have to wait until after she gets off suspension to have a serious conversation with her.”
Cyborg is currently serving a year-long ban after testing positive for stanozolol metabolites following her dominant victory over Hiroko Yamanaka. UFC president Dana White immediately stripped the 26-year-old of her hardware. She is eligible to reapply for licensing as early as December 17th.
While Rousey has had plenty to say about the buff Brazilian in the past, she wasn’t too keen on discussing the fantasy fight during today’s call. In fact, her mood seemed to take a drastic turn once Cyborg’s name was uttered.
“I’m already focused on what’s immediately in front of me,” a seemingly agitated Rousey responded. “One hundred percent of my attention is on Kaufman right now. You’ll have to watch the fight and then afterward I’ll let you know my intentions.”
Rousey and Kaufman collide August 18th inside Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. If you’re not interested in watching their contest, at least tune in to hear what Rousey has to say about Cyborg after their tussle.