Ronday Rousey Would Have Taken the Fight to Save UFC 151 from Being Cancelled

August 25, 2012
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Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is one of the hottest properties in mixed martial arts right now. She definitely sits atop the women’s side of the sport, her star power growing almost exponentially by the minute.

Rousey on Friday was a guest on ESPN’s SportsCenter, weighing in on several topics, but there were two that are at the fore of everyone’s mind right now: her feud with former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos and the criticism swirling around UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and his role in UFC 151 being cancelled.

As always, Rousey met both topics head on.

“(Cyborg) was caught doing steroids and everybody knew she was doing steroids for a long time. And I really don’t think it’s unreasonable for me to expect that when she’s not doing steroids she would lose some weight. I don’t really think that’s unreasonable to say,” Rousey commented in regards to her demands that Cyborg come down to the 135-pound bantamweight division if the two are to fight, instead Rousey moving up to featherweight, which is the primary bone of contention between the two.

“She really disgraced herself and her sport and her country by cheating all those years, and I really don’t think the way to deal with it is to reward her with a title shot with all the considerations she wants.”

Cyborg is sitting on the sidelines until at least December, due to a California-imposed suspension after she tested positive for steroids following her last fight.

If Cyborg still insists that a bout between the two must take place at 145 pounds, it’s of no consequence to Rousey.

“I think that (the fight) should happen and I think it’s her only option,” stated Rousey. “I have plenty of other options. So if she doesn’t want to do it, I’ll just move on.”

Moving on from Cyborg, Rousey was queried about a much more sensitive subject: how Jon Jones handled the situation regarding the cancellation of UFC 151 and turning down the fight to face Chael Sonnen on just eight days notice.

“If it was me. If Dana called me right now and said we need you to go in the back and fight Cris Cyborg with a 40-pound weight deficit and all you guys get is duct tape on your hands. I’d be like, ‘Can I be there in 10 minutes to stretch first?'” Rousey responded, but she did qualify that statement.

“I don’t have the kind of responsibilities he has, but I have been struggling for money and had a main event fall through on a card and then suddenly not have the money for rent. I mostly feel sorry for everybody on the undercard that has to find another way to pay their bills this month.

“I feel bad condemning him because I haven’t really talked to him about it and I don’t know his real reasons, but if it was me, I would have done it.”

Stay tuned to for more from Ronda Rousey and the UFC 151 cancellation fallout.

  • triangle choke

    I love Ronda

  • zacharydetal

    I still think Jon Jones did the right thing. Sonnen has no business being in a title fight, he just lost. He curled up on the ground and gave up. Forrest would of been a more suitable oppenent. At least he’s coming off a win. He didn’t whiff with a spinning back fist then take a knee to the chest and curl up. Sonnen sucks.

    • MikeMc1983

      Right, so let me get this straight. Jones said no because sonnen is a poor fighter who didn’t deserve the fight? What is he the morale police?
      Of course sonnen wasn’t next in line. It’s not as if anyone was saying he was the next contender.

      • Lesnardo

        OMG you should be ashamed of yourself. You are 29 years old and you don’t even know the difference between morale and moral?

        Go back to school you tard.

        It is one thing to have a type. It is another to use a wrong but similarly spelled word.

    • Then why not take the easy win and be well on your way to the UFC record for title defenses? Greg Jackson specifically said the reason they turned down the fight was because Chael Sonnen was “too dangerous” for Jon Jones.

      • michellecalhoun

        Really? Where did he say that? I only have read where they talked about Chael being a southpaw and not having the time to prepare Jones to fight a southpaw. Nothing about him being to dangerous.

    • Richurd Cheese

      Tell that to the undercard fighters, legacy doesn’t mean anything, real life is more important. Those on the lower end of the pay scale need to fight to pay their bills. Screw Jon Jones’ legacy, don’t try to tell me its more important than the other fighters’ livelihood!!!

      • if that was the case, the UFC should have never cancelled the event and paid their fighters the $ they deserve for making weight…clearly the UFC wasnt concerned w/ undercard fighters that they employ getting paid but Jones who doesnt employ them should care? GTFO…the UFC dropped the ball, didnt wanna los money so they sold Bones out to save face and all you simple minded bafoons fell for it…

  • MikeMc1983

    Of course she would have taken a fight to headline the card. Along with every other fighter that really doesn’t matter. Give her a headline fight on ppv for the UFC and she would probably blow Dana and Lorenzo on her way to the cage.

  • pooby

    Tommorow’s mmaweekly story:

    “UFC 151 Cancelled: My uncle Dan would have taken the fight with Sonnen”

  • pooby

    Uh….who the hell is RONDAY ROUSEY??????

    A TYPO…in the HEADLINE??!!!!

    • Lesnardo

      I swear MMAweekly is 3rd tier.

  • EmmettThetruth

    I don’t get why this was written no one cares about her opinion. I wih she did take the fight so Jon jones could knock her out of mma

  • MikeMc1983

    I think this is an example of the situation where the “media” thinks “we fans” care about someone we really don’t. It happens a decent amount of time. People usually just think the media is pushing someone on us, but really they just think we care.
    There may even be a lot of comments on articles having to do with her, but it’s usual just people trying to be funny, or judging her “hotness” which I will say she looked much better in person than her pictures. However, I’m sure she prays she’s never in the same place as Gina, people would forget she exsist if she had to stand next to Gina.
    Anyway, they just report what they think we care about. Mmaweekly seems to like her a lot. I’d almost bet in the last month there’s probably more articles involving her than anyone else.

    It could also just be that someone working for the site has a crush on her, and wants excuses to go back and interview her.

    • Lesnardo

      First, you are a horrible writer. So horrible that no one even cares to look to see if there is any logic underneath that cr@ppy writing.

      Second, upon closer look, putting aside poor writing, your logic sucks.

      Third, MMAweekly =/= “media” (why are you putting random words in quotes??). MMAweekly is a wanna be news site.

  • jaxpavan

    I love Double R but her comments about she woulda taken the fight to save the card? Thats bull. If they said she had to fight cyborg at 145lbs, she woulda said no….. keep it real girl

  • RubeKegal

    I truly believe Ronda is sucking Dana dry.

  • felix

    I don’t think that Rounda Rousy can have a chance against John Jones. That reach could be a nightmare for her.

    • Lesnardo

      Only the reach? One has a slit that gets wet and soft when fingered and another has horse mat that gets rock hard when the slit warms it up.

      Jones would take her down, get in full guard, and lay and hump her until he ejeculates. His dong wouldgo thru the cup and enter the warm slit.