Here’s a first from the Ronda Rousey (pictured) vs. Cris “Cyborg” Justino front, but not necessarily the first we’ve heard of this from a professional sports front.
During Monday’s Reddit MMA chat, Rousey revealed the primary roadblock for the UFC in arranging a superfight between her and Justino does in fact have to do with numbers – but not the digits on the weight scale, the zeros on a paycheck.
Justino shedding the 10 pounds the UFC is requiring in order to challenge Rousey for her UFC bantamweight title isn’t the issue. According to Rousey, the reigning Invicta featherweight champ is holding out until the UFC presents her with the right financial terms.
“Sincere opinion about Cyborg: she’s just waiting to be offered enough money to get her ass kicked (‘cuz she knows she’ll get her ass kicked),” Rousey responded to a fan inquiring about the Brazilian. “I know for a fact she can make the weight. She consulted with Mike Dolce (my current nutritionist) before I ever started working with him and after consulting with her he said he could get her in “the best shape of her life” at 135. She then started being represented by Tito Ortiz and all talk stopped.
“The delay is all about money, not her weight. She made 145 pumped full of steroids. She can healthily make 135 without them. Her shows that she headlines lose thousands of dollars, and the majority of the tickets are given away because no one will buy them. She needs me. So pretty much we’re waiting for her to realize that she needs to fight me before I retire or she’ll never have enough money to retire. I would like me kicking her ass be my retirement fight but whether she steps up or not I’ll walk away undefeated and happily ever after regardless.”
Shocking, isn’t it? A professional athlete wanting top dollar for their services…
If that’s the case, Justino should hold out until she receives an offer she’s comfortable with. UFC president Dana White previously stated a box office bout of Rousey vs. Cyborg could set a company record with 2.5 million pay-per-view buys.
The only way Justino will ever see a payday this lucrative again is if she beats Rousey in a tight, edge-of-your-seat thriller, which would serve as the perfect lead-in for a blockbuster rematch.
But don’t get it twisted, Justino isn’t in the driver’s seat during these negotiations. The Rousey money train left the station long ago and is doing perfectly fine without Justino. If Justino wants a ride, she better hurry up before it’s too late.