Tell me if you’ve heard this before: Ronda Rousey (pictured) steamrolls past another hopeless victim to defend her UFC bantamweight title, Cris “Cyborg” Justino then claims she’s going to try to shed the 10 pounds the UFC is requiring in order to arrange a superfight with Rousey – while still petitioning for a 140-pound catchweight contest against Rousey.
Does this broken record ever quit playing? It seems to be on auto-repeat blasted in 7.1 surround sound.
Justino appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter Wednesday morning to discuss, you guessed it, Rousey. Justino didn’t talk about dropping to bantamweight to challenge Rousey for her crown, but she actually had the audacity to suggest Rousey move up to featherweight to fight her.
However, Justino is still willing to grant Rousey a 140-pound catchweight contest.
“Ronda Rousey already cleaned her division. For her to fight Miesha Tate number three shows she’s already cleaned the division,” Justino stated. “When a champ clean the division, everybody say this, the champ go up for fight somebody else. They go up. I’m the champ at 145, I can drop to 140 to fight her. You know, the right way for her to make 145 because all champions do this when you clean your division. And I say I can drop to 140 to make this fight happen.
“I think if UFC wants to make this fight, they have power for do this.”
So generous, this Justino. She’s willing to allow Rousey to move up in weight to have the honor of fighting her.
Make no mistake about it, Justino is a beast. But she’s no Ronda Rousey. In fact, the only reason she remains a topic of conversation is because of Rousey. Why was she on ESPN today? To discuss her dominance as Invicta’s featherweight champion? No, the entire segment revolved around Rousey.
Justino needs Rousey far more than Rousey needs her. With each passing victim, Rousey’s stardom skyrockets to another galaxy. Justino blasts another underwhelming opponent, nobody bats an eye.
Rousey is a legitimate international superstar. Justino is merely famous in this small MMA bubble.
If this were TMZ, Rousey’s Kim Kardashian and Justino’s Courtney Stodden (you had to Google her, didn’t you?).
Rousey is banking millions, while Justino is pocketing thousands.
Rousey and the UFC are no longer hiding from a potential tango with the Brazilian, but the guidelines have been set, and they are etched in stone – come healthy and clean to 135 pounds and it’s on. There is no fine print that allows for haggling over a 140-pound catchweight bout and there sure as heck isn’t room to negotiate Rousey’s move to 145 pounds.
Neither of those options would benefit Rousey in any way. In what world does Justino live in where she thinks Rousey should cater to her desires?
Right now, MMA is Ronda’s world and everyone else is just living in it. If Justino is interested in owning some property, she needs to get a better lay of the land.