Miesha Tate took UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to uncharted territory Saturday by extending their shootout into the third round at UFC 168. Unfortunately for Tate, Rousey ultimately bullied her way to another armbar submission victory.
Rousey is clearly the class of the women’s 135-pound division. Outside of being highly skilled, “Rowdy” is simply bigger and stronger than her peers. One lady who could out-muscle her is Invicta FC featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino, and the buff Brazilian wants a piece.
“Ronda I’m coming to get you!” Justino tweeted Sunday with the above pic.
This is the biggest female fight the UFC could arrange, yet they won’t do it unless Justino sheds the 10 pounds required to compete in the bantamweight division. Justino has claimed her doctor’s say it is medically unsafe for her to fight at 135 pounds.
Justino and manager Tito Ortiz proposed a catchweight bout in the past, but that makes no sense to UFC president Dana White.
Many pundits believe Justino is the only lady alive who could defeat Rousey, and that’s why some suggest the UFC would never arrange the tango – in order to protect their golden girl. The UFC recently added a new women’s division, but they went lighter in weight (115-pound strawweights), instead of bigger to allow Justino into the Octagon.
At this point, it’s on Justino to lose the pounds. Rousey holds all the cards and has no incentive to fight at any weight besides 135 pounds.
Tweet all you want, Cyborg. But the ball’s in your court.