There’s obviously been an insane amount of back-and-forth trash talk and hype between UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the woman whom everyone believes actually has the best chance of dethroning ‘Rowdy’, Invicta FC featherweight champ Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino.
The rivalry, which dates back to Cyborg’s time as Strikeforce champ while Rousey was working her way up the ladder to eventually become the promotion’s 135-pound champ, has reached an almost absurd level with each fighter throwing hurtful insults at the other.
Much of that stems from Rousey’s unwillingness to meet Cyborg at a catchweight of 140 pounds for what would be a groundbreaking fight, something she say she’s unwilling to do because of Justino’s documented history of steroid use. But Cyborg isn’t buying that excuse, instead taking the stance that Rousey simply won’t fight her because it will break down the support system she’s built for herself that doesn’t include any real friends or happiness.
Check out Cyborg’s loaded statement from her official Facebook page:
Ronda Rousey keep Trash talking …
When Ronda first started using my name in interviews to build hers during our Strikeforce days it use to make me mad, however it has gotten to the point that I now feel sorry for her.
You can tell she isn’t happy with life. She is world champion in the UFC and has the same grumpy face no matter what picture you see of her.
In almost every interview she gives she’s talking bad about people whether it is me, Miesha Tate, the ring card girls or an ex-boyfriend and the only time she ever says anything good about someone is when she is talking about herself…lol…I’m sure even she doesn’t really believe she’s got the best ass in MMA.
This is a girl with very few genuine friends, I mean, the UFC practically had to beg fighters to congratulate her on Twitter for making the cover of Sports Illustrated.
She has struggled to find an identity away from Judo and fighting and has used her money and popularity to build an entourage. How many of those horsewoman were around before her career took off? Would they still be helping her if she wasn’t paying for their housing and helping their careers? Only she knows that answer, but there has to be a reason why a world class athlete would allow themselves to become victim of substance abuse, whether that is pain pills or other mind altering drugs. I think a lot of her attitude is from insecurities that she has outside of the Octagon away from fighting.
When my fight career is over, I will still have the same friends I had before I started. Regardless if the fight against Ronda ever happens, I can return to Brazil and continue living a blessed life with a family that loves me in a country that admires how I’ve represented it.
I pray Ronda can find the same happiness I have, as God has truly blessed me inside and outside the sport of MMA.
If she needs to continue bringing up my name in interviews and constantly try to put me down for my looks, or my past mistakes, it only shows me that she still isn’t confident in herself.
There is a reason why she is saying she will only fight me at 135lbs, despite telling anyone who will listen that she would beat Cain Velasquez, fight Laila Ali, or whatever other nonsense she will come up with in her next interview, and that’s because when she loses to me she will lose her whole identity, when the cameras aren’t around and everyone has gone home, I think she’s just a really lonely-unhappy soul, and that’s a sad way to live your life.
I know the real reason why she is unwilling to step up to 140 and it has nothing to do with my past mistakes, and everything to do with her self doubt.
If the fight finally does happen, I’m not coming for the belt, it is her spirit I’m going to break, for all the mean things she has said about me. She made it personal and that isn’t something an opponent wants to do against me.
Ouch. The gloves are off (as if they weren’t already), but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their oft-rumored bout is actually any closer to coming to fruition. Cyborg gave what she most likely views as an open, honest assessment of the champ in a public forum, and we’ll have to wait and see just what Rousey’s response, if any, will entail.
Undefeated and dominant, ‘Rowdy’ will put her belt on the line against another bitter Brazilian rival in Bethe Correia in the main event of August 1’s UFC 190 pay-per-view (PPV) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cyborg is scheduled to defend her belt against an undetermined opponent in the main event of a July 10 Invicta FC event that will be a part of the UFC’s International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
Did Cyborg take it too far with her in-depth criticism of Rousey, or has she simply come out with statements that other people were way too scared to say to the ultra-popular champion?