No matter how badly UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey beats Cat Zingano tonight at UFC 184, one of the first questions Rousey will be asked at the post-fight press conference will be about Cris “Cyborg” Justino (pictured).
Rousey has claimed Zingano is her toughest test to date, which might be the case, but there is only one woman alive that is a true match for Rousey. The problem is, Rousey will likely be outmatched by Justino and pundits are unsure if UFC brass will allow their golden girl to get mauled.
Speaking of the UFC’s head honchos, co-owners Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta were sitting front and center at Invicta 11 Friday to see Justino go all “Cyborg” and plaster Charmaine Tweet in merely 46 seconds to retain her featherweight title.
Oh, there’s the other issue. Justino has never fought at 135 pounds, the weight the UFC will require the buff Brazilian to hit in order to challenge Rousey. The tentative plan is for Justino to defend her featherweight title one last time on Invicta’s July 10 card, prove she can compete at bantamweight before year’s end, then transition to the UFC to challenge Rousey.
Rousey was likely holed up in her cushy hotel room last night surrounded by friends and family focusing on the task at hand, but there’s no way she wasn’t looking over her shoulder and keeping an eye on Invicta 11.
“I’m so happy to come back as the [Invicta] champion,” Justino said after obliterating Tweet. “I will be in the UFC soon.
“For my team, my fans and my family, I will try my best, 100 percent, to make 135 pounds.”
With all other questions answered, that’s the last roadblock that stands between a Rousey vs. Cyborg shootout. We can’t weight.