UFC’s Ronda Rousey Blasts Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s Past Steroid Use
Talk of a megafight between UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino has been discussed for years.
Following Rousey's win at UFC 190 this weekend, she was asked about it... once again. Specifically, over the one single issue: Justino's weight.
She blamed her rivals past use of performance-enhancing drugs for the fight not happening yet.
"I'm prepared to deal with anything, that's why I'm the champion," Rousey said. "I fight in the UFC, in the 135-pound division. She can fight at 145 pumped full of steroids or she can make the weight just like everybody else without them."
According to ESPN, the 30-year-old Cyborg tested positive for an anabolic steroid following a knockout win as the Strikeforce featherweight champion in December 2011. She blamed the positive test on a diet supplement given to her by a former coach.
Since then, she's passed multiple random drug tests in Nevada and California.
As for fighting at 135, Cyborg had previously expressed doubt in her ability to cut weight to that mark. She is expected to fight at a 140-pound catchweight in her next Invicta bout, likely in the fall. From there, she will attempt to get down to 135 pounds early next year.
On Sunday (August 2), Justino responded to Rousey's comments via Instagram.
"To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture," Justino wrote. "It's not about winning and losing; it's about hard work every day and about thriving on the challenge. It's about embracing the pain that you'll experience at the end of the race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge."
UFC president Dana White has previously stated that the promotion will not consider a catchweight fight between Rousey and Justino, although Rousey has competed at 145 pounds during her career.
The UFC does not currently promote a 145-pound division.
However, a fight between the two could be record-breaking for the UFC.