It’s the WMMA (women’s mixed martial arts) dream fight that everyone has been talking about, the super fight that the entire mixed martial arts community is dying to see; Ronda Rousey vs. Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. The feud dates back an age, it’s one of the most heated rivalries ever, let alone WMMA, and they have yet to even get to the stage of being booked in a fight, where the real hype would go in to overdrive.
With Cris Cyborg recently claiming to have been offered the fight with Rousey, although soon after shot down by Dana White, fans of both legendary female stars are left to wait further for the inter-promotion showdown. The most dominant female athlete in the sport today, UFC women’s bantamweight champion and contender crusher Ronda Rousey has said she’ll only fight the former Strikeforce champ and current Invicta FC featherweight boss Cris Cyborg at 135 pounds.
So let’s say the two inevitably meet, Cyborg agrees to cut to 135 pounds, which is starting to become a reality in most fan’s opinions, so who would win? Rousey is the undefeated, undisputed submission queen in MMA, but her stand up skills have evolved massively, her recent 34-second KO of Bethe Correia at UFC 190 is testament to that fact. Justino has crushing knockout power, is unbeaten in 10 years since her debut loss in 2005 and hasn’t seen a judge’s scorecard in seven years.
Height: 5 ft 7″
Weight: 135 pounds (2012-present) 145 pounds (2011)
Reach: 68 inches
UFC women’s bantamweight champion, former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion
Record: 12-0 (9 submission, 3 T/KO)
Accolades: 4th degree Judo black belt, first Olympic medallist to win UFC title, first and current UFC women’s bantamweight champion, won 40+ medals in Judo tournaments worldwide, competed in and won the first ever women’s fight in UFC history, fastest finish in a UFC title fight (male or female) (14 seconds), first one-punch knockout win in UFC Women’s Bantamweight division history vs. Bethe Correia at UFC 190, has won the most post-fight bonuses among active women’s UFC fighters (6), most finishes in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division (6), longest active finish streak in the UFC (male or female) (6) longest title fight finish streak in UFC history (6), fastest title defense turnaround in UFC history (56 days) between UFC 168 and UFC 170, first female UFC Champion and first female Ultimate Fighter coach with Miesha Tate. ESPN-2012 Submission of the Year vs. Miesha Tate on March 3, 2014 Best Female Athlete ESPY Award, 2015 Best Female Athlete ESPY Award, 2015 Best Fighter ESPY Award, first Mixed Martial Artist to win an ESPY Award.
Cris Cyborg Justino
Height: 5 ft 8″
Weight: 145 pounds
Reach: 69 inches
Invicta FC featherweight champion, former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion
Record: 14-1-1 NC (12 T/KO 2 decision 1 loss by submission)
Accolades: Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Championship (One time; First; Last; Only), two successful title defenses, 2010 Female Fighter of the Year, Invicta FC Featherweight Championship (First, current), two successful title defenses, 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Female Purple Belt Gold Medalist, 2011 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Female Purple Belt Gold Medalist, 2007 Brazil Cup International Senior Women’s Freestyle Gold Medalist, Paraná Senior Women’s Freestyle State Championship (2007), 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Bronze Medalist, Sports Illustrated 2009 Female Fight of The Year.
So, what’s your pick?