The shots continue to rain out in the public as a rep of Cris Cyborg issued a statement responding to the comments that Ronda Rousey had made last weekend. This ongoing battle between the two has started to take over the world of women’s mixed martial arts (WMMA), and has caught the attention of the MMA world. According to Cris Cyborg’s representative, George Prajin, Ronda has seemed to be more ruthless with her comments about Cyborg in public because quite simply, the UFC women’s champ cannot hurt her physically. Prajin started off the statement defending his fighter and daring Ronda to get into a cage with Cyborg. While also responding that Ronda was right about that his fighter Cyborg fighting Ronda would be criminal, and stated that the fight itself might wind up ending with a homicide. Closing off his statement to MMA Junkie, Prajin verifies that Cyborg has passed numerous drug tests, including randomly selected tests; which would conclude the fact that Cris Cyborg does not use performance enhancing drugs. The response was clear, and it seems as if Cyborg’s camp is ready to physically respond to Rousey.
This all stems from a statement Ronda made over the weekend where she referred to Cyborg as an “It“, after stating she didn’t even consider Cyborg a woman anymore. Such comments have been frowned upon by the UFC Brass with other fighters on the roster, and it will be interesting to see if any sort of punishment may concur for the women’s bantamweight champion. Ronda’s comments not only disturbed Cyborg and her camp, she may have got on the wrong side of a few MMA specified companies as well. Americana MMA offered $5,000.00 to the first woman who could knock out Rousey. Somewhat of a bold statement for a company that derives most of their business from the sport that Ronda, in some ways, has become the face of. The only party that has remained absent in this ongoing feud is the UFC itself. Dana has addressed the manner of Cyborg coming to the UFC and a potential bout between the two women’s fighters, but has yet to comment specifically on what has transpired in the last few days.
The match up itself is one of the most intriguing in WMMA. Cyborg is the current Invicta FC featherweight champion and the former Strikeforce featherweight champion before the company was taken over by Zuffa. Cyborg’s camp strongly believes that Ronda dropped to bantamweight to avoid a match up then, and is now hiding behind her championship belt and weight class, to avoid the Invicta champion. No matter the case, the fight itself could bring in a substantial amount of viewership and buys for the UFC, but would a match up like that be beneficial in the long term? Ronda Rousey is a young, prospering, beautiful women’s athlete the UFC could built and promote for years to come, but a potential loss could threaten the growth. Cris Cyborg’s skills aren’t in question, it is whether if the organization could continue to expand women’s MMA with Cyborg as their face. All possibilities are an afterthought until each fighter signs on the dotted line, which neither sides seem to be close to doing. As intriguing as the match up may be, a potential Rousey versus Cyborg fight seems like a far cry away then from what it should be.
Commentary by Justin Huffman