Ronda Rousey Not Rushing Next Fight, Responds to Cris Cyborg: “She Knows Where I’m At”

February 23, 2014
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Ronda Rousey UFC World TourUFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey finally finished a fight with something other than an armbar.

A small part of her always likes to employ her favorite technique, but on Saturday night at UFC 170, Rousey used what may become a new favorite, a knee shot to the liver to down Sara McMann in their Olympian vs. Olympian main event.

“It’s extremely satisfying,” Rousey said in her post-fight interview on Fox Sports 1 after finished McMann at the 1:06 mark of the opening round. “I promised my coach that I would do it. I promised him that I’d drop her with a body shot.

“I can’t wait to see what people will come up with to complain about this time.”

What people are complaining about this time is how quick the stoppage was, but that’s really out of Rousey’s hands. You can criticize referee Herb Dean all you want, or call it a UFC conspiracy, but at the end of the day, Rousey sent McMann to the mat with a knee to the liver.

So now she gets to shift her focus to a number of other topics: her next fight, her next movie, Cris Cyborg.

Cyborg has been a virtual thorn in Rousey’s side ever since the UFC opened up a women’s division.

The Invicta FC featherweight champion took advantage of the hype surrounding Rousey’s latest defense to take another shot at her, issuing a statement to Inside MMA on Friday night, declaring a plan to drop down to 135 pounds so, as she said, “[I can] retire you like I did Gina Carano.”

Rousey responded to Cyborg’s comments by expressing interest, but generally shrugging her off.

“Of course I’m interested in it, but she’s the one that asked to be released by the UFC like the day after they announced out-of-competition drug testing,” said Rousey. “I’m not going anywhere. She knows where I’m at.”

UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that a Cyborg vs. Rousey fight in the UFC could be possible if Cyborg takes a couple other fights at 135 pounds elsewhere first. So time will tell the tale on how that situation plays out.

Rousey will next head back in front of the cameras not to fight, but to take one of the lead roles in the upcoming feature-film version of the hit HBO series Entourage. After having just fought twice in less than two months, Rousey said that “late summer” was a good target for her next fight, but added, “I always told Dana I’ll fight on 24 hours notice if he needs me to.”

As for who is next, Rousey doesn’t exactly know for sure, but does have thoughts about who is deserving of the next title shot.

“I think Cat Zingano is still deserving of the title [shot] whenever she feels better,” said the champ. “But I was really impressed with how Alexis Davis did tonight, so we’ll see whatever the UFC thinks is the right person to bring in.”

Just who is next for Rousey hasn’t yet been determined, but she’ll likely fight either Zingano or Davis next. But after that, maybe the dream fight between Rousey and Cyborg could happen. If the stars align, we may see them fight in the Octagon for the promotion’s 2014 pay-per-view closer.

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  • Denny Swain

    Cyborg knows where rousey is at, behind danas excuses, below a weight limit, hiding, sweating ,terrified

    • bbq

      Yep. You have to hate those weight classes that turned the UFC from human cockfighting into a legitimate sanctioned sport. Idiot.

      • rgan

        Its not human cocking fighting-they’re wearing shorts.

        • used2bgood

          I guess you heard that from mr. McLaren, the co-creator of UFC, who was recently a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. It`s a valid point…they really wear shorts ! :D

      • Denny Swain

        Idiot? Seems to be that those who resort to calling people names that they don’t know anything about are the real idiots. Guess you feel tough, insulting someone from your keyboard. Hope you grow up and you will find that everyone has an opinion and that some of those may differ from yours. Hmmm, maybe just maybe, you are the idiot.

        • Aimed With “V”

          The problem is, the guy made a valid point, and you referred in your pretty long response only to the last word of his comment.

          Guess you agree with him.

          • Denny Swain

            I noticed you have insulted almost everyone on here. I bet, when you are in a crowd, that you are quiet as a mouse and tremble from head to foot because theres real men around you and you are certainly lacking. You know at any moment, chaos could break out and you tremble. You run home, turn computer on, insult people feel tough again, feel alive again, alive alive, validation

          • Aimed With “V”

            Wow, such a deep observation…

            It is pretty clear that you have just described yourself and your own feelings there :)

          • Denny Swain

            Ive had many fights, im willing to bet you have had one fight in your life, you lost,turned scared and bitter and turned into the great keyboard warrior that you are now. It’s ok dude,we all understand your plight and i promise to treat you with kid gloves for now on, because i understand what you are

          • Aimed With “V”

            Oh, I’m sorry, I haven’t recognized that I’m talking to a real fighter here….

            …oh wait. You’re not a fighter. You’re a little hater and troll that bashes real mixed martial artists and lives in his fantasy world.
            Unless, of course, you can prove somehow that you’re something more than an infantile idiot that lives in his mother’s basement. What are your credentials? Source, please, any kind of proof…I’m waiting.

          • earlsimmons

            Any1 who thinks living in their parents basemant makes some1 immature or an idiot obviously hasnt paid school loans so im going to guess your an uneducated liberal.

          • Aimed With “V”

            And now in English, please.

          • aaron gustaveson

            liberal are on average more educated than conservatives.

          • Denny Swain

            “V ” STANDS FOR VAGINA, FANCY WORD FOR PUSSY.YOU ARE A KEYBOARD PUSSY THAT HIDES BEHIND AN ALIAS WHEREAS I USE MY REAL NAME. I KNOW YOU ARE A COWARD WHO GETS SOME SORT OF VALIDATION OUT OF INSULTING PEOPLE ON A KEYBOARD. WOW, SUCH COURAGE!!!!

          • Aimed With “V”

            Ooooooh, so many capital letters and exclamation marks…

            Are you OK darling? Need a glass of water?

          • Denny Swain

            I know you sit for hours trying to come up with a cool, snappy, jazzy title, but aimed with “v “,buawaaahh hahaha, lol !!!!! You fn lame!!!!!

          • Aimed With “V”

            Are you having a stroke or something?

    • bbq

      She’s hiding in a weight class that she can make and Cyborg can’t? So in your mind she should move up a weight class and fight at a huge weight differential because Cyborg is too roided up to make a normal weight for her height? Why is that in your head Rousey is hiding behind a weight limit, but Cyborg isn’t hiding behind a desire not to be drug tested?

    • Burt Firks

      Cyborg is just another steroid freak who won’t last a round against Rousey at 135 lbs. She’s all talk, unless she can lose the weight, pass the drug tests, and somehow beat the greatest female fighter in the world, Rousey. Until then, all her sycophants need to STFU.

      • Baller31

        Rousey is just the most hyped. Cyborg is, deservedly, the #1 lb for lb female fighter, and would easily destroy Rousey .

        • Aimed With “V”

          Not sure why Justino is still considered #1.
          Her best win over active fighters is Marloes Coenen, but Miesha Tate beat her as well.

          She also had a pretty hard time fighting Gina Carano, and basically got lucky with Gina making a rude technical mistake, releasing Cristiane from the mount.

          • Baller31

            She destroyed Carano, and Carano is far better than anyone Rousey has fought.

          • Aimed With “V”

            Rewatch the Cyborg-Carano fight (if you ever watched it), see the mount that Carano released Cris from, and then you may comment again.

            I don’t like ignorant people that don’t watch fights.

          • Baller31

            You are clueless, uneducated, and obviously didn’t watch the fight. Cyborg bullied Carano, threw her around like a rag doll, then beat her into oblivion. She took Carano’s back less than a minute into the fight. Only time Carano had mount was a couple seconds after Cyborg slammed Carano but ended up on bottom. Your comments indicate a severe lack of mma understanding. Get a clue.

          • Aimed With “V”

            Wow, so many insults…seems like I hurt you a little bit with my little request to rewatch the fight.

            I never said that Carano hasn’t been beaten up in the fight – she WAS outstruck and outgrappled.
            However, when she found herself on the bottom, she gave up the mount, and then the ONLY THING that saved her from losing badly is Carano standing up from the mount – after she already started barraging Cris with punches.

            Justino makes enough technical mistakes for Rousey to capitalize, and Rousey will capitalize – either from the top or from the bottom.
            I understand that fact hurts your feelings, but you have to move on.

          • earlsimmons

            “the ONLY THING that saved her from losing badly is Carano standing up from the mount”
            This is a fact? Can you please post some evidence of this? Because this sounds like some bs opinion of a little boy who doesnt have a clue about mma.

          • Aimed With “V”

            Well, all you should do is to rewatch (or to watch) the fight.
            Carano mounted Cris, started a barrage of punches and suddenly stood up.

          • Baller31

            All you can say is ‘watch the fight’ but your comments make it clear you haven’t. Carano was dominated in every aspect, so your statements are just plain ignorant.

          • Aimed With “V”

            Well, the indication that i DID watch the fight and you DIDN’T was that you cannot even remember the fact that Gina mounted Cris.
            All you can say is just “dominated in every aspect”, “dominated in every aspect”, like some kind of a trained monkey.

            She MOUNTED Cris, and she started pounding her out, and then she stood up just like that.
            That is a fact, whether you like it or not, and you definitely DO NOT like it, because you are in such a hard denial that you become repetitive.

          • drkdisciple

            If you consider “a technical mistake” taking a fight against Cyborg then yes I agree Gina made a huge technical mistake.

          • carl jeffery

            you mean Chris…haha

        • uncle

          is Cyborg #1 from natural talent
          or is it from steroids that makes her so invincible, a cheater deserves nothing

          • earlsimmons

            yes roids give the side effects of amazing technical standup. She obviously did not learn any of that on her own.

          • uncle

            Roids can help her through
            a very tough training camp

            and give her the edge with strength on stand up and if
            she doesn’t use it who is to say how technical she would be past the 1st round. she could easily gas and get broken for the rest of the fight

          • aaron gustaveson

            roids do give you the potential to be a better striker, they allow you to train more often, recover more quickly from injuries and hit harder. Long term heavy use like cyborg has done can give women physiological advantages that can last decades.

      • Denny Swain

        You do mean “lose ” the weight, right? Genius

        • Burt Firks

          Yeah. Lose. Just like Cyborg won’t even get the chance to do against Rousey, because she won’t be able to continually pass the steroid tests. Cyborg is a cheater, flat out. Plain and simple, like you.

          • Denny Swain

            You seem very upset? Perhaps you should run to pharmacy and get you some butt hurt ointment.

        • Guest

          Peds do give you the potential to be a better striker, they allow you to train more often, recover more quickly from injuries and hit harder. Long term heavy use like cyborg has done can give women physiological advantages that can last decades.

    • shelby

      r u smoking crack?

      • Denny Swain

        Quit that years ago

  • oieyh

    For this to happen it needs to be a catchweight bout, or at 145.

  • Denny Swain

    Dana wont let this fight happen. Of course, he will act like it, and throw cyborgs name around alot like hes contemplating a match up between the 2 but in reality, he’s ducking this match up like floyd mayweather ducks pac.

    • Aimed With “V”

      Interesting – two different comments to the body of an article.
      Have you actually sat for 4 hours thinking what to add to the first one?

      You seem like a troll and a hater.

    • brad king

      haha of course!

  • drkdisciple

    The winning streak comes to an end if Cyborg is given a shot at her. Rousey can beat any woman on the current ufc roster. Cat Zingano and Alexis Davis have as many chances of beating her as Patrick Cummins did of beating DC. Just hope that Dana stops protecting her and makes the fight with Cyborg happen.

    • carl jeffery

      haha pat Cummings said he was making dc cry in the wrestling bs…this is mma…MMA…not wrestling…not boxing…not jui jitsu…its all MMA…Rousey would tear up Guyborg…any day

  • Tom Colvin

    stop with the “all roided up” comments . If that’s the best you pro-Rousey guys got it’s really lame, because Santos already said she’ll let Rousey test her once a week if she wants to. So because you guys can’t think of anything valid, you go back to something from her past that won’t even be an issue in this fight, if it happens. Weak and lame. Santos came out with a bikini photo shoot yesterday and she obviously isn’t on anything in those pics. She looks normally athletic and buff , nor roided out. She looks pretty and hot in the photos, more feminine than the hideous dogface Ronda, who has never looked hot, even in her bikini shots. Team Santos!!!

    • Kalamidy

      How can you be on Team Santos? You might as well be on team Fallon Fox. Cyborg left the UFC to avoid drug testing, how could anyone support her?

      • Tom Colvin

        how can you support the dogface girl?….Santos said shell have rousey test her once a week..that’s how I can support her.

        • aaron gustaveson

          If you think that cyborgs face is more attractive than RRs, you are obviously a homosexual.

          • Tom Colvin

            Rousey, with her harsh, stern frowning face, and thin cruel lips, is attractive only to submissive type males who would beg ronda to kick the crap out of them and then chokehold them to submission.

          • aaron gustaveson

            lol, trolling?
            Is this cyborgs mom?

    • Brent

      Pretty? LMAO!!!!

  • horace

    This is America unitl Cyborg guy learns to speak english no fight with Rousey. and another thing Cyguy cannot and will not dictate terms on how many fights at 135lbs. 4 or 5 fights before Rousey would be good and fair.

  • horace

    Make Cyguy stay at 135lbs for at least 2 years with monthly drug testing.

    • carl jeffery

      couldn’t even stay roidless one week of training…just look at her…shes got more hair on your chest than you and I together

      • carl jeffery

        with a name like Horace…haha should be harrier than harry the henderson

  • carl jeffery

    Dana White…im begging you let the fight happen…Show what you backed your girl up for…shes the real deal…just let it happen,.,Guyborg gonna fall just like all them bitches did…this was supposed to the the one…the one where Rousey was supposed to meet and Olympian…wrestling at that…haha look at what wrestling is…MMA is what it is…all aspects of the game…everything put together…Rousey is still learning…still getting better…and with 4 or 5 more months…shit that much better

  • Whackster

    Say what you want about Cyborg being on roids and being a man. Bottom line is, she doesn’t have a dick and roids don’t make you a better stand up fighter. Her striking is far more superior than Rousey and at some point she will catch her coming in. This would be a VERY dumb move if Dana lets it happen. But I think he knows this. I think he will try and give Cyborg lots of loops and hurdles for this fight to happen. I could be wrong. But I never am…

    • Maddawgmar

      Well, your wrong. Steroids don’t make you a better stand up fighter, but it does give you more power. And that makes your stand up more effective. If Rousey get the fight to the ground just once, that’s all it could take. I hope Rousey rips her arm off and mounts it on her wall. I hate cheaters.

      • drkdisciple

        wishful thinking!

        • Maddawgmar

          Maybe, maybe not.

      • deepgrim

        i dont really care about the past steriod stuff now, she will be clean should they fight and i hope they do.Cyborg is the only fight that makes sense for me, there has been plenty of trash talked and the match up is good. At the minute i dont think any women in the ufc roster is close to ronda, her grappling and bjj is the best and as off recently her striking is looking pretty good too, she obvously has worked very hard on it, and cyborgs striking is excellant, i find it hard to get excited by any other match up with ronda

        • Maddawgmar

          True, at the moment it is the only fight that makes sense. It’s the only fight that I am excited to see. Cat as well, but still think Ronda is gonna beat her pretty easily. But I can’t say the steroid use isn’t an issue to me. Even if she has been off of it since she got caught, there is something in the back of my mind that hates the fact that she cheated on her way to the top. Just my opinion.

          • deepgrim

            cant see cat beating her either, i use to think cats advantage would be her striking now im not even sure she will have much of an edge if any in that area. tate beat cat with grappling for 2 rounds so in my mind its hard to believe she can win. cyborg wouldnt be able to make 135 on steriods any way, ronda is going through the division like jones went through the LHW before the gus fight. It will be the one fight that people will talk about if it doesnt happen.

    • horace

      cyborg is swing and a dinging with a set of jewels up there.

    • aaron gustaveson

      What kind of delusional asshole says they are never wrong? Btw you can delete the word “more” as it is redundant. “more superior” guess that ruins your never wrong thing you had going.

    • aaron gustaveson

      Peds do give you the potential to be a better striker, they allow you to train more often, recover more quickly from injuries and hit harder. Long term heavy use like cyborg has done can give women physiological advantages that can last decades.

  • horace

    Cyborg needs to be told he is not wanted in the UFC ever. Maybe Cyborg can fight in the men’s 145lb class.

    • afansinceufc1

      you rousey loving fools if she is as great as you all think then why against the fight. The way you talk she would win easily and then you would truly have more ass to kiss. She is a no class trailer trash twit that has no idea how to represent the sport with some dignity. All the talk of roids, Cyborg stated she would be open to weekly tests so they will not be a factor. Rousey is a great fighter i will admit but with being a champion there comes a certain amount of class be shown, of which she has none. Dana has his head so far up her ass she can do no wrong and if the fight happens he will delay it until he sees his golden girl gets the advantage. If you truly think she is the greatest then here is the chance for her to prove it step up to the plate Rousey and Dana.

      • Ryan thompson

        First off you’re a moron.
        Second you talk about representing the sport with class at the same time defend Cyborg using steroids.
        You demand class at the same time show zero class yourself.
        Reread your in perm post and maybe you will see the hypocrisy in it.

        Cyborg needs Rousey in order to get her name in the press.
        She will always be known for getting her tittle taken away for testing dirty for steroids.She will never have the success Rousey has.

        Cyborg is a cheat!!
        Hahahahahahaha

        • horace

          cyborg has no career and cyborg has no money and cyborg has nothing no bargaining position no english cyborg is a lost log bobbing in the sea of nothingness so irrelevant and meaningless to Dana and Rhonda and the UFC.

          • afansinceufc1

            and horace is a douche with no life that posts jibberish whenever someone has something bad to say about his hero Rhonda Rousey

        • afansince ufc1

          i am just a fan of mma and don,t represent the sport so don’t matter if i have class or not. So it is fine if fighters like Belfort or Overeem get caught juicing but not Cyborg, but of course they are not a threat to Dana’s pet project. She f****d up and paid the price she is ranked #1 pound for pound on this site so if Rousey is the best ever why not fight her. Let her back her talk before she runs off to hollywood and leaves mma

          • Ryan thompson

            So you justify being a hypocrite by saying you’re a fan, and you justify Cyborgs abuse of steroids by pointing out Belforts abuse of steroids. I’m sorry but that doesn’t change the fact that you’re a hypocrite and it doesn’t change the fact that Cyborg is a cheater.
            Tell me, why did Cyborg ask the UFC to let her out of her UFC contract?

            I understand that fans of Cyborg will continue to claim Rousey is ducking her, despite

          • Ryan thompson

            the fact that Cyborg left the UFC.

          • afansinceufc1

            and the fact is the past is the past if she can test for no steroids every week up to the fight as she stated she would be willing to do then why shouldn’t Rousey fight her to back up the claim that she is the best. I bring up overeem and belfort not to justify Cyborg being on roids but because they screwed up but were given another chance. The fact that i am a moron or a hypocrite as you say has nothing to do with Rousey backing up her arrogant attitude. Apparently you did not watch the Ultimate fighter with Rousey which showed how classless she is, was more than just not shaking a hand.

          • aaron gustaveson

            You got that she is without class from TUF? I liked her more for not being fake.

          • Ryan thompson

            Why is it that only Rousey gets shit for not being “classy”?
            Some how not shaking one fighters hand after a fight is worst then using steroids and not making weight before a tittle fight.

          • Rodney Ray

            Because Dana “double standards” White allows this immature, disrespectful, POS to get away with it. Name me any other fighter besides possibly the Duh, Duh, Diaz brothers that he allows to act like a$$holes. Look at how he jumped all over Brock Lesnar after he beat Frank Mir. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Rousey is giving Dana the Monica Lewinksky special behind closed doors, lmao

        • brad king

          you live in delusion if u think RR can hide behind DW and his hype machine. One cloudy scarey day RR will walk down that path and realize it is over! And the world will rejoice.

          • Guest

            u make me laugh is what i really mean you tool! my gf making me act nice

          • Ryan thompson

            It took you two try’s to get that out stupid?
            Tell your girl I said thank you for being nice!
            Does she like the beach? Has she ever been to Malibu ?

          • Ryan thompson

            Another moron,
            Can you point to one of my posts where I claim Rousey can hide behind Dana White? I live in Malibu California. I’m not familiar with a place called delusion.

            Your rambling on still doesn’t change the fact that Cyborg had her belt taken away because she tested positive for steroids. It also doesn’t change the fact that she asked to be let out of her contract with the UFC.
            All are facts unlike your comment claiming to have a girlfriend.

        • brad king

          u make us guys laugh! Hehe!

          • Ryan thompson

            Glad I can bring a little joy into your life.
            Have fun with the “guys”.”Hehe”!

      • aaron gustaveson

        University level math teacher and Olympic champion is not the typical trailer trash mother.

  • vinnyjr

    Cyborg is pathetic, she’s jealous of Gina Carano’s success and now Ronda Rousey. When your success is based on illegal steroid use and then ask the UFC to release you the day after random drug testing is put in affect you are obviously trying to hide something. Cyborg needs to drop her steroid ridded body down to 135, win a few fights over ranked opponents and then see if the UFC wants anything to do with her. She has never fought clean, her body is deformed so much from abusing steroids, her head is huge, zits cover her back, all signs of very long term steroid abuse. The UFC should stay the hell away from a lier and life long cheater.

  • horace

    Cyborg has nothing at this point. No career-No Fan base-No speakie Ingles’- nothing and is broke. Cyborg is now begging Dana for some dinero.

  • Guest

    RR>CC, plus I would eat the corn out of RR’s poop just to sniff her sweet juicy tang

  • Manuel Lopez

    Ronda has been ducking Cyborg from the very beginning. She will continue to do so and DW will help out all the way by making up excuses after excuses. Cyborg is the best wmma fighter in the world!

    • aaron gustaveson

      she was taken peds for YEARS, of course “she” is the best.

  • ergtergr

    rousey is so annoying and “for some reason” , just won’t fight the only other big name woman fighter alive…cyborg…hmmmm

  • newman

    cyborg will destroy rousey. And she will do it with out ped in her system. some people say cyborg has nothing, which is irrelevent, she has what it takes to b champ, that s all she needs, haha well, that and clean urine lol. rousey doesnt wnat any part of that, and im sure DW doesnt either, and if rousey will give carrano a fight at 145, why wouldnt she for cyborg. obviously cause she feels gina is no threat to her at all, and cyborg destroyed gina with ease.

  • andy

    your an idiot

  • andy

    Believe it or not. Ronda Rousey is better on the ground than Cyborg. She She is so light years ahead of Cyborg in the clinch and throwing. What you have to understand about Rondas throws is judo throws always ends up on top in a dominant position as result of a good throw. and thats all the advantage she needs. What you really see in Ronda is the complete art of Judo. The idea that bjj players are better than judo players on the ground that roll alot is rediculous. I have seen old grey haired judo players roll harder than most 20 year olds . Bjj focuses on the end of the fight. And while this may be logical at some level. But you miss the complete art that the original Gracies were taught. By having less throwing emphasis you lose part of the complete art. Carley Gracie talks about changing the rules so that it corrects this flaw. In other words the throw not sitting on the ground has always been what was supposed to be first. Years ago Rhonda had no striking game. Now after training for what is now years with a far better striking coach than her opponents. I wouldnt go so far as to say shes better that Cyborg but shes defininitey equal to. WHich means in essence she better than Cyborg. I hope they dont fight. If roided out weak crazy brazilian doesnt need to be in the ufc period. Womens mma is too fragile to let her in. The only person thats gonna tap Rhonda is either another Judo player or there maybe a girl out there better than her but i havent seen her yet not even close. If you wanna see women equal to Rhonda you have to go look at her old judo footage. And matches she lost are few….