What is 10 pounds? To some Americans, it’s the difference between their year-round weight and what they need to lose in order to be beach-ready.
For Cris “Cyborg” Justino (pictured), it’s what she needs to shed in order to make the biggest fight in MMA history a reality. Once the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion can prove she’s able to do that successfully, UFC president Dana White and reigning UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey are ready to turn fantasy into fact.
“She didn’t make the weight yet,” White said of Justino on Saturday’s UFC 190 post-fight show. “The day she makes the weight and does what she’s supposed to do, that fight’s on. She wants … everybody … you think I don’t want that fight to happen? Now I’m changing my mind on that fight. I think that fight does 2.5 million [pay-per-view] buys. I think that fight is massive.
“She needs to go out, she needs to compete at [135 pounds] and she can come right here and fight Ronda.”
Rousey, who was just minutes removed from easily bumping her professional resume to a perfect 12-0 with a 34 second knockout of Bethe Correia, claimed she’s more than ready to share the cage with Justino – with a few simple stipulations, of course.
“I prefer who makes weight and doesn’t do drugs,” Rousey said of potential opponents, while alluding to Justino. “The fight’s there for Cyborg. She can make 145 pumped full of steroids, [then] she can move down without them.
“I’m not going anywhere. I don’t see why everyone acts like I have so much to prove when she has to prove she can actually fight legitimately.”
Many have long wondered if the overly-buff Justino has been taking performance-enhancing drugs her entire career. The chiseled 30-year-old has flunked only one drug test (stanozolol in 2011) through 16 pro outings. Of course, Rousey hasn’t let her or the MMA world forget it.
So, the ball’s in Justino’s court. She better hurry up and put the fork down because Rousey is only getting better, which is a scary thought considering “Rowdy’s” last four opponents have lasted a combined 130 seconds against her.