Cris “Cyborg” Justino (pictured) tweeted 🙂 seconds after now-former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was knocked unconscious by a highlight reel headkick courtesy of Holly Holm at UFC 193.
Naturally, it’s always fun to see your archenemy lose, especially when they have been bashing and discrediting you around ever turn for the past few years, but take a step back and Justino will quickly realize that Rousey’s shocking loss Saturday is even more devastating for her.
Although Justino is a dominant force as Invicta’s featherweight champ, the only thing essentially keeping her relevant is the potential superfight with Rousey. UFC president Dana White previously claimed that blockbuster bout would set a UFC record with over two million pay-per-view buys.
Justino would have received a piece of that PPV pie.
However, after Holm turned the UFC bantamweight division upside down, White admitted Rousey’s loss “changes a lot of things,” noting the possible Justino bout as one of them.
In Justino’s best-case scenario, Rousey will rediscover her inner “Rowdy” and steamroll Holm in her next outing to reclaim the throne. The Brazilian can help herself out by plastering a yet-to-be determined opponent at 140 pounds in her next fight.
That would re-open the possibility for a shootout with Rousey, but given what transpired at UFC 193, the bout won’t be nearly as box office as it would have been had Holm not come along. It wasn’t as though Holm caught her with a lucky strike. She outboxed Rousey the entire opening round, carving up her cover girl face like a turkey, before posterizing her 59 seconds into the second round.
Holm did something nobody had ever done to Rousey in 12 previous professional fights, she made the “World’s Most Dominant Athlete” look mortal long before putting her to bed. Rousey’s mystique evaporated nearly as quickly as her aura of invincibility.
Rousey is still the UFC’s biggest superstar, but it’s just not nearly as bling-bling as before. Unfortunately for Justino, she lost even more than Rousey despite not even stepping in the cage Saturday.