Of course the first name on anyone’s mind when Rousey is mentioned is the potential mega-fight against former Strikeforce champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos, and while it won’t be her first fight in the UFC, that may very well be her next challenge after Carmouche.
If Rousey is successful in her first fight in the UFC, it’s like the Brazilian will be her second test in the Octagon.
“That was obviously the fight that we wanted to make, we wanted to do that at 135lbs, and we worked hard to make that fight. I believe this fight will happen, then I truly believe the next one will be the Cyborg fight,” said UFC President Dana White on Thursday.
Cyborg has stated on numerous occasions in the past that there’s no way she could make the weight cut down to 135lbs. When she fought in Strikeforce, Santos competed at 145lbs, and even that was sometimes a rough weight cut.
But now it appears she will make the move down to bantamweight, it’s just a matter of taking the time to do it in a healthy way and then she can get the match-up against Rousey.
“(The Cyborg fight) is going to happen eventually, I can’t make these girls fight me when I want them to fight me, and I’ve got a lot of respect for Liz. She’s the only one that stepped up and said she wanted this fight right now, and it speaks a lot to her,” Rousey said about the fight.
“When other girls come around and they actually want to come to the big show, they know where I’m at.”
Rousey says she’s never doubted for a second that Cyborg could make the cut down to bantamweight, it just took her some time to come to the same realization.
“I know she can make 135, and so does she,” said Rousey. “It just takes her a little bit a while to realize that this is the only option that she has, and it took her a little bit of a while because I don’t think she’s not that bright. When she does think about it, I’m logically the only fight that makes sense.”
Cyborg is currently at home in Brazil, and still serving out the final weeks of her one-year suspension handed down after she tested positive for performance enhancing drugs after her last bout in Strikeforce. She will be eligible to return to action in late December once she clears any hurdles from the athletic commissions.
At that point, it’s likely Santos will negotiate and sign a deal with the UFC and hopefully face Ronda Rousey in 2013.