A few years ago, there was no bigger fight for women’s MMA than a clash between former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Invicta featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino. The main hurdle at the time, however, was that Cyborg was not a UFC fighter.
Today, that has changed. Cyborg has already fought once in the UFC, mauling Leslie Smith to a first round KO, and is scheduled for an Octagon return against Lina Lansberg in a few short weeks. Unfortunately, Rousey is now nowhere to be seen. After losing her bantamweight crown to Holly Holm almost a year ago, the former champion has dropped of the map entirely, casting doubt on the possibility of a long-awaited showdown with Cyborg.
Cyborg, however, has not forgotten about this prospective super fight. In a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com, the Brazilian bomber explained that she feels she has unfinished business with her American rival.
“I believe there’s a ‘novela’ [Brazilian soap opera] between Ronda and I that we need to finish,” she told MMAJunkie. “I think that’s a fight everyone wants to watch.”
One way or another, Cyborgs believe a fight with Rousey needs to happen so that they can both enjoy their eventual retirements without regret.
“I think they ask the same [questions about our fight] to her,” Cyborg continued. “I think everywhere, they ask the same thing. That’s why I think this fight needs to happen. So that we can finish our careers saying we did that great fight, and not that we should have done that fight.”
The Brazilian striker also provided her thoughts on Rousey’s long layoff, and offered the former bantamweight queen some advice on how to cope with a tough loss.
“I think after that Holly [Holm] fight, she’s still trying to reorganize. I don’t know if she’s back to training,” Cyborg said. “Losses can happen for any athlete. That’s sports. One day you win, and the next you lose. But you need to know how to deal with that.”
“Something I learned at Chute Box is that you should think about your loss for 24 hours,” she continued. “Once those are over, done, you need to train for the next one. And that’s it. You learn, and you get better. Of course, it’s not easy to lose, but you need to see where you went wrong and get better. I think that makes you a better athlete and person as well.”
Safe to say that while Cyborg is focused on her upcoming bout, she’s still got her eyes on Rousey, too. Do you think we’ll ever get this WMMA super fight, or is time to let this one go? Sound off, PENN nation!