Dana White is warming up to a Rousey vs. Cyborg fight at 140lbs, just not for a championship | UFC NEWS
Cris Cyborg took to her instagram account this week and made her feelings on fighting the UFC women’s Champion (Ronda Rousey) very clear. The comments were posted on bjpenn.com and many other MMA websites around the world and even made its way to the UFC president apparently. Cyborg thinks there is a way to make the fight between her and Rousey happen, but says the UFC is just protecting their champion.
“I am not afraid of Ronda Rousey,” Cyborg posted. “I will fight her anywhere anytime for free.”
“Everyone knows I barely make 145 (pounds), but I am willing to sacrifice and meet her halfway at 140.”
Dana White has been adamant about the fact the UFC instituted a 135lb women’s division and installed Ronda Rousey as the champion with no plans on adding another weight class anytime soon.
“Cyborg either wants to come in and fight for the title and get a big payday and fight the champion or she doesn’t,” said White.
Cris Cyborg thinks that Dana White just wants Rousey to have an unfair advantage, and believes that is the reason Dana isn’t willing to budge.
“What he wants me to do is fight Ronda with both my hands tied behind my back or comatose, so that she can have a chance, which is what making me fight at 135 is.”
“To finally shut everyone up, I will fight Ronda with one hand tied behind my back at 140 pounds and still kick her ass and prove that I’m the real champ not her,” said Cyborg.
That might just of been what Dana White needed to hear, and now it doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility that he would even be willing to make the fight happen at a catch-weight.
“If that’s what (Cyborg) is willing to do, is go to 140, let Rhonda defend her title a few times and see if Rhonda wants to go to 140,” White told mmaweekly.com on Thursday.
“If I know Rhonda, she probably would anyway. If (Cyborg) wants to fight for a title, she’s gotta go to 135 pounds. The fight at 140 would be a fan fight because everybody wants to see it, but it’s not one of those fights that makes sense.”
It might not make sense but it sure would make dollars, and plenty of them for the UFC. If we have learned anything from Dana White it’s that he is willing to change his stance if it means making money for the UFC, and also making a fight that the fans want to see.