Has Cris Cyborg Made an Offer that Ronda Rousey and UFC President Dana White Can’t Refuse?

February 1, 2013
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Cris Cyborg StrikeforceWill she or won’t she?

Can the women’s fight everyone most wants to see ever come to fruition?

Is there any way to make the Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg Santos fight happen?

Cyborg says there is a way, but that UFC president Dana White is just protecting Rousey, trying to make the fight happen with Cyborg going into it handicapped.

“I am not afraid of Ronda Rousey,” Cyborg posted recently via Twitter. “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.”

White has said over and over again that the UFC instituted a 135-pound women’s division and installed Rousey as the division’s first champion; period. They are not ready to add any other women’s weight classes 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.

Cyborg believes that White is holding his stance because he wants his new champion to have an unfair advantage.

“I can’t believe Dana White says I want nothing to do with Ronda Rousey,” she posted.

“What he wants me to do is fight Rhonda 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.”

The former Strikeforce featherweight champion, however, says that she is willing to handicap herself, partially, by dropping partway down to make the fight happen.

“To finally shut everyone up, I will fight Rhonda 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,” she declared.

“And let the winner take all. Come on Ronda Rousey; step up, bitch!”

Brazen words, for sure, but not completely out of the realm of possibility. White appears to be warming to the idea that the fight could happen… even if not on his demand of it being at 135 pounds.

Would he really consider going outside of his only women’s division to put the fight together?

“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 may not make sense, but White has stated time and again – and he reiterated this on Thursday – he is “in the business of making fights that the fans want to see.”

So if the fans make it clear that they want to see Rhonda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg, and Rousey agrees, it appears that the fight could eventually take place… even at a catchweight.

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  • thinking_man

    I bet the arm that’s not tied behind her back gets caught and broken in rd 1. If she was really serious she could just amputate that arm, it probably weighs 5 lbs.

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    She’d have no issue reaching 135 if she hadn’t juiced. She’s only like 5’7if a fit female cant make 135 at that height I would question her muscle development, even today!

    • bobcoy

      Exactly. Well said. Only a fool couldn’t see that. She obviously is still on something. Im curious how women are tested for PEDs? She obviously wouldn’t pass a legit test geared towards women.

  • Brian

    Seems fair to me … Besides, there is only one pund for pound ranking system in women’s MMA, no offense, so it would only make sense to do it at 140 in light of that – to really see who is the best pound for pound women’s MMA “baddest woman on the planet!”

    • Brian

      excuse me, there is only one ranking system in women’s MMA and that is the pound for pound … lol

      • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

        nope, the official Unified Women’s MMA Rankings (recognized as the official ranking by most of the women’s promotions) doesn’t has a p4p ranking, only division rankings from FW to AW.

        • StefanTheSkeletonStruve

          There is no “Women’s MMA.” It’s all just MMA, whether it is men competing or women competing.

  • Darin

    Cyborg being the women’s UFC champ is Dana’s worst nightmare and he’ll do anything he can to prevent it. He brought women to the UFC because of Rousey, he has a vested interest in protecting her as champion.

    • bobcoy

      Anyone’s nightmare is a juiced woman as your champ. Its sad really what cyborgs done to herself. Her bone density etc……. where would any promotion go with cyborg? She’s basically got the muscle mass of a female body builder on PEDs! What women that are in shape and cut, walk around at her weight?? She basically force all women to juice or gain fat, to get to her weight. Its really a dumb discussion because she’s cheating and its too painfully obvious. Men can hide it. Women can’t because of these factors.

    • That’s it exactly. Rhonda is pretty and marketable, but Cyborg is a she-beast that FOX won’t want headlining shows. A Cyborg-Rousey fight is the biggest payday a women’s matchup can generate, and Dana’s greedy ass is desperate for the money, but he want’s to have his cake and eat Rhonda too.

      • iglooiguana

        maybe if cyborg cut the steroids out of his diet, he could make 135

        • StefanTheSkeletonStruve

          Her* She* Cyborg is a female, you idiot

          • Geeblezoid

            I think iglooiguana was being sarcastic!!

          • Flxible Suburban

            you’re an idiot, you idiot. What a retard who can’t understand nuances of our
            language and/or sarcasm.

          • me

            coulda fooled me

          • Oswald Cobblepott

            Idiot, we all know Cyborg is partly female

          • are you sure?

      • DanasEar

        Thats the dumbest **** I’ve ever read. There’s a reason there’s weight classes and rules that say you can’t be more than 1 pound over the weight limit in title fights. If Cyborg was able to cut the weight and fight at the REQUIRED WEIGHT CLASS to beat Rousey and become the champ, then Dana wouldn’t really have a say in that matter, would he?

        Besides, If they made the catchweight fight a title fight and cyborg wins, what is she going to do, defend the belt at catchweight every right?

        Smh some people…

    • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

      That’s right.

      Dana choose to add a Women’s BW division (known to retarded causal fans as “the women’s division”) only for marketing reasons related to Ronda’s popularity …

      if tomorrow Rousey will have a very bad injury (I do not wish her that) and will hang up the gloves I bet my euros that Dana will dissolve the WBW division

    • Shelter

      Still if Dana is trying to Protect his Rhonda, as he is doing…. Then he ought to shut his trap bad mouthing other fighters as Cyborg…. So put up or shut up Dana….

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    I say make Cyborg put up or shut up: she said she’d fight with one hand tied behind her back, so make her do it.

    • DamianCross

      That would be illegal. So would fighting for free. This is all trash talk and business hype, not news.


    Cyborg is not welcome in the UFC at any weight. If 135lbs is the Divsion then fight at 135. Cyborg got balls to challenge at 140. Once Rousey loses it’s over any way for the woman.

  • Asa

    yeah it was hard for cyborg to make 145 cause instead of cutting weight like everbody does lol. she juiced up and bulked up duh. stop doing roids and bulking and maybe u can cut weight. u cant cut weight and bulk on roids at the the time. shes dumb!

  • Marc Livingood

    Once again Dana white is not thinking clearly who cares the chick cant come down anymore have the fight at 140 I think Cyborg wins. Grabbing little skinny girls and flipping them around is easier then trying to grab a hold of cyborg too talented too strong

  • anonmoose

    If people can hug Overeem or Sonnen’s nuts, then I can hug Cyborgs.

    Unfortunatley it’s all about business, like many of you have pointed out. But I’d love to see Rousey meet her in a catchweight bout. I believe Cyborg would absolutely ragdoll her.

    • Maddawgmar

      I completely agree with you. You have the right to hug Cyborgs nuts. I personally don’t agree with anyone using PED’s. I believe in an all fair fight this would be a war. Rousey will have no problem taking Cyborg down but submitting her would be harder. But Cyborg with her man arms can end the fight with a single blow. Hope it happens one way or another.

    • Da truth

      You’re a pha-ggot

  • Mark


    Get it together, MMAWeekly.

  • There is no argument, Rousey is the UFC 135 lb Champ, ifr anyone wants to challenge her for the title then it is simple, line up and make weight. There is nothing mysterious about fighting for a title, everyone has to make weight. Who does Cyborg think she is, she isn’t special, make weight and you have a shot at the title just like the next fighter.

  • iglooiguana

    dude, I don’t feel sorry for you Cyborg. You use Nandrolone, or whatever steroids you use to bulk up to have your own advantage. Cut the bs. go on a diet. train . . . and when you are ready . . . go fight at 135.

  • Fiber

    Stop with the steroids and you’ll make 135 easily

  • BobLemons

    So basically Cyborg wants to fight someone a weightclass lower than her own.

  • I do not know if Cyborg can make 135, but I do know Ronda can make 145. She looks like she walks around 170.
    Why can she not fight a non title bout at 145? Is a super fight not about the better fighter winning? I know Ronda does not have to fight at 145, but why would she refuse, unless she believes she would lose.

    • Maddawgmar

      GSP can make 185, so why doesn’t he? Because he is a natural 170 lber. Rousey can fight at 145 and did. But her natural weight class where she is at her peak physical condition is 135. Jon Jones can be a heavyweight, Frankie Edgar can make 135, Henderson can fight at 170. The fact is that’s their weight class. Cyborg can make 135 if she stops the roids.

  • me

    lay off the juice and you’d make 135.

  • fjd

    i just think its lame that Rousey gonna call out someone bigger than her then say only if you come down to my weight. B.J Penn a true champ calls out a bigger fighter and moves up and fight them at there weight class i wish Rousey would do the same

  • I wouldn’t call 2 women a division, I call it a fight. If you look on UFC.com. the woman Bantam division is composed of two women. There is no other female fight book prior to 157. So to me it says; Rousey loose there is no more female fight in the UFC.

  • cyborb doesnt even deserve a spot in the ufc. the excuse I didnt know it was in there doesnt fly any more. any pro fighter knows what they are putting into their bodies

  • yennub

    Ronda and the UFC are simply trying to pump up this inevitable fight as
    much as possible. They know Cyborg is not in Ronda’s league, so when
    they’re ready, the fight will be made. Ronda will win easily and her
    stock will soar even higher. The average fan will be really impressed
    that she stepped up to fight such a beast and won so easily. Cyborg is
    all hype because she looks like a beast, Rousey on the other hand is a
    legit world class athlete. Cyborg would also lose to at least a few
    other 135er’s.

  • Morgan Kramer

    Even if Cyborg signs to fight at 140, she will STILL come in well overweight… The steroids have helped her to add too much muscle mass… if she would stop juicing, she could make the weight easily.
    Oh… and Cyborg doesn’t have to offer to fight with one hand tied behind her back…. Rousey will take care of putting one of her hands behind her back for her… right before Cyborg taps.

  • Seppo

    The offer might be that she wants to make out with Ronda and show her what a real man feels like!


    Rousey getting KO’d violently would be great.


    Cyborg is way to much man for Rhonda to handle. Rousey cannot take what Cyborg has to give her. Cyborg splits Rousey in half.

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    Why does this dude keep harassing Rousey?

  • El Gvapo

    Sadly this is the only hype the women’s division will ever really get. I think cyborg would destroy Rousey for obvious reasons but I think weight divisions are in place for a reason. However I do take issue with Dana and Rousey goading someone who cannot physically make the weight. It’s pathetic. It’s like Aldo goading GSP about how he’d batter him etc but will only meet him at 145lbs if GSP wanted to prove him wrong.

    • El Gvapo

      Ps: I’m aware the weight difference between Aldo and GSP is larger than that of Rousey and cyborg, but cyborg would almost kill herself making 135 so the same principle applies.

  • tmal73

    Dude what is Ronda Rousey Smoking!!! Cyborg would destroy her pretty face in under a minute. Ronda is a talented fighter but Cyborg is like the Anderson Silva of the womans division. Do people not remember what she did to Gina Carano…. Cyborg is the Best and she could probably beat Rousy with one hand tied to her back. Dana won’t let this fight happen and that is the only reason why Ronda is running her mouth. I am sure if Cyborg was staring at her from across a ring that Ronda would be crapping bricks.

  • scott

    i bet cyborg could make the weight if she stopped taking the roids