Ronda Rousey “Wants to Fight” Cris Cyborg, says Dana White
The long-talked about super fight between Ronda Rousey and Cris "Cyborg" Justino is still in the cards, according to UFC president Dana White.
During an appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast Tuesday (Sept. 27), White said Rousey "wants to fight" Justino, but there's still some things they need to agree on, the most important being weight.
"Listen, Ronda wants to fight her," White said. "We'd have to figure out what weight, [but] Ronda wants that fight."
The UFC only promotes women's strawweight and bantamweight divisions, which has an upper weight limit of 135 pounds. Rousey fights at bantamweight, while Justino is the 145-pound champion for all-female promotion Invicta FC. Cyborg has, however, made two appearances in the UFC at a 140-pound catchweight... which has been a struggle for her.
Cyborg just earned a second-round TKO over Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night last weekend in Brasilia, Brazil -- her first headlining event for the UFC.
Both Rousey and the UFC have previously said that any fight against Cyborg would have to be at 135, but it appears, there may be room for compromise. If they do, it would likely be a catchweight fight, since White has repeatedly stated the UFC does not have plans for a female 145-pound weight class.
"There aren't enough 145-pound female fighters to start a 145-pound division," White said. "There just isn't. Cyborg is one girl, floating out there, who has that type of star power. She headlined Brazil for us."