Ronda Rousey Says Cris Cyborg Should Be Charged with Attempted Homicide

November 3, 2014

If UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey had her way, not only would she never fight Cris “Cyborg” Justino, but the current Invicta FC featherweight champion would also be in jail.

“That girl, in my eyes, should be charged with attempted negligent homicide,” Rousey said during Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

Cris "Cyborg" Santos

Cyborg has been penalized in the past for using performance-enhancing drugs. After her 16-second knockout of Hiroko Yamanaka, she tested positive for stanozolol, the same anabolic steroid that Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive for after winning the 100-meter finals in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Cyborg was fined $2,500 and had her license suspended for one year.

Though he tried, Johnson never recovered from the failed drug test. Cyborg has continued her career, competing in submission grappling, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts, including capturing the Invicta championship.

“If you are caught with a PED in the Olympics, you are out from the next Olympics and you can’t even compete until after that,” Rousey commented before her fight with Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in July. “So that’s up to an eight-year ban. I think eight years is pretty good.

“I think the reason why (fighters) keep trying to test that border is that there is not really that much punishment afterward. You have to pay a little fine and take a year off? People take a year off and go on vacation all the time. I really do think there should be much more strict enforcement of the rules, possibly career-ending things like that because if people think they might get away with it, they’re going to try.”

And that’s her stance with Cyborg, as well. Rousey says it is not that she’s afraid to fight Cyborg, she just fees that her past miscues should have resulted in a much harsher penalty.

“Coming into the cage with performance-enhancing drugs is the equivalent of walking in there with a weapon,” Rousey said on The MMA Hour, indicating performance-enhancing drug use could eventually lead to the downfall of the sport.

“The only reason we’re even allowed to do MMA is, given potential for how it is right now, we can say it is safe. But if you keep putting PEDs in people, it’s going to become less and less safe, and the day somebody dies in that Octagon, and the other person tests positive for steroids, you’re going to have your first murder case in MMA and that is going to be the kind of thing that destroys the sport.”

Rousey will fight whomever the UFC puts in front of her, but she feels that Cyborg’s past transgressions discount her calls for a fight for the UFC championship.

“Do I think that having a big PPV card is worth having that sort of thing for the sport that I’ve worked so hard to develop? No, I don’t think it’s worth it,” said Rousey. “(But) if you put her in front of me, I’ll put her out. But do I think she deserves to be there? No.”

Cyborg had intended to make her bantamweight debut and begin her chase of Rousey in December, but a recent injury derailed that plan. So PEDs or not, Cyborg won’t be challenging Rousey any time soon, no matter what the champion thinks of her.

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