Now that Bethe Correia is in the rear view mirror, Ronda Rousey should have her sights set on top bantamweight contender and bitter rival Miesha Tate. However, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino claims she is ready to face “Rowdy” for the December card in Dallas, Texas. The issue? “Cyborg” needs to prove she can make weight first.
On a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience“, UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently spoke out on the drama surrounding the potential matchup and doesn’t think that Rousey should have to move up in weight at all.
“This idea that Ronda has to move up? She doesn’t,” Rogan said. “Why does she have to do anything? She’s the champ. This is not a matter of [Cris Cyborg] not being able to [make 135 pounds], it’s a matter of her not taking any of the steps to attempt to do it.”
Rogan continued, “Let’s look at this rationally— Let’s say we know for sure, because we don’t know anything for sure, but let’s say for sure Ronda is not juicing. Let’s say we also know for sure that Cyborg might be on something. That she might be on something to make 145. Then, are you OK with it? Are you OK with it if they both fight at 145 and one person is naturally bigger and might be on something?”
“That’s the question. If [Cyborg’s] capable of doing something that’s not natural to stay at 145 or get up higher than 145 into the 170’s, then how do you feel about the fight? Then it becomes a different fight. What if Ronda loses and then Cyborg tests positive?”
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