NSAC: We would really have to look at licensing Cris Cyborg at 135
Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, Cris Cyborg, recently made headlines when she announced her plans to drop down to 135-pounds in order to retire current UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Here is Cyborg’s official media statement that she made on Friday:
“I am looking for a payday to retire you like I did Gina Carano,” said Justino. “But to show it’s not only about money, I challenge you to a fight – winner takes all. Or better yet let’s fight for FREE. ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! Ask your daddy Dana to make it happen.”
“Now I know critics will say ‘I thought you said you would die if you made 135.’ All I’m promising is that I will give 100 percent to try to get to 135 to make this plan happen. If I do, I will still listen to my doctor’s advice and fight no more than three times at 135: first to win the Invicta belt, the second time to kick your ass and the third time to kick your ass again so that the world can see it wasn’t luck.”
Whether the UFC wants a Cris Cyborg vs. Ronda Rousey match to come to fruition remains unknown. UFC president Dana White told media that if Cris were to fight and win a couple of times at 135-pounds, then he would consider the idea of pitting her against Rousey.
The weight cut may not be Cyborg’s only issue, as NSAC Chair Francisco Aguilar told ESPN that licensing Justino at 135lbs could also prove to be a major problem. Apparently Cyborg’s previous comments about how she may ‘die’ attempting to make the bantamweight limit were not forgotten by the commission:
“That’s extremely relevant, it’s an admission by the fighter,” said NSAC Chair Francisco Aguilar to ESPN. “If she made that comment, she had reasons for making it.
“If the UFC wanted that fight in Las Vegas, the commission would review her application and decide whether or not to approve that bout at 135 pounds. This is one of those situations we’d really have to look at.”
What’s your take Penn Nation? What do you think the chances are that we will ever get to see Ronda Rousey defend her belt against Cris Cyborg?