Ronda Rousey raised a few eyebrows last week when speaking about a rumoured fight with former Strikeforce featherweight champion, Gina Carano.
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion revealed she would be willing to move up to the 145 pound weight class to take on the retired star. But, not to fight anyone else.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out “Rowdy” was referring to Invicta FC’s featherweight champion; Cristane Justino.
“Cyborg” has been campaigning for a fight with the bantamweight champion for some time now and recently said she will even attempt to move move down to 135 pounds to fight her; something which she previously said could kill her.
According to Justino, who spoke to MMAFighting recently, it was no surprise to hear Rousey say she would fight Carano at featherweight and thinks the UFC champion is trying to pick an easy fight:
“I wasn’t surprised because I knew how tough is for Gina to go down to 135, so (this fight) would need to be a catchweight,” Justino said. “Gina Carano is a great athlete and I’d happy if she returns to MMA, doesn’t matter if it’s against Ronda. But she hasn’t fought since 2009.
Her last fight was against me at Strikeforce, so I believe that Ronda thinks it’s such an easy fight that she would even move up. She knows that it would be different against me, especially because I already defeated Gina.”
“Cyborg” is set to fight later this month in a Muay Thai bout where she will take on Jorina Baars for the inaugural Lion Fight women’s welterweight championship, but she also plans on making her bantamweight debut in the cage sometime this year.
“My focus now is in my 145-pound title fight at Lion Fight,” Cyborg said. “I have many fights this year, and one of them will be at 135. People think that it’s just 10 pounds, but my normal weight is 165 pound of muscle with 4% of body fat,” she said. “Losing muscle is a hard job, but I’m working to lose weight and be prepared (to fight).”
But if Justino is fixed on fighting “Rowdy” it’s something she knows she is going to have to do. However, she is prepared to work hard and dedicate herself to doing just that.
“Obviously, I’m changing my diet and training. Nothing is impossible for God. My job is to work hard and do my best, dedicate in training and in my new diet. The rest is consequence.”
Do you think “Cyborg” will get the chance to face the UFC champion?