Ronda Rousey hasn’t fought since last November, when she suffered a knockout loss to Holly Holm. But, someone wants her back in the Octagon — Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
The MMA star called out the former UFC women’s champ on social media on Friday (July 22), challenging her to fight at UFC 205 this fall, responding to a recent column penned by Rousey for Refinery29.com, titled “A Lesson in Imperfection.”
“When we worry about marketing an image created by the media, our bigger goals are sacrificed,” she wrote on Facebook. “You can’t look up because your face is in a pillow after being the bully and getting your ass kicked. Being humble enough to not believe the hype around you can be difficult.
“When I see little girls rocking their ‘DNB’ shirts,” she continued, which refers to Rousey’s trademark that stands for “Do Nothing B*tch, “and Reebok shoes in the supermarket, I think about what poor examples of sportsmanship you have displayed. I think about you cursing [Holly Holm] at the weigh-ins, refusing to shake Miesha Tate’s hand following your victory, and all of the mean things you have said about me and my family.”
A superfight between Cyborg and Rousey has been talked about for years now, with the two exchanging words through the media. So far, it hasn’t happened, which most credit to Justino’s inability to make Rousey’s 135-pound weight limit — she fights at 145 pounds.
Now, following Rousey’s loss to Holm at UFC 193, chances of a Cyborg-Rousey fight has seemed to fade into oblivion. And, Rousey herself has been very quiet since then… with no set date for her return.
When she does return, UFC president Dana White has said she will get an immediate title shot. For now, the belt is held by Amanda Nunes, who submitted Tate at UFC 200. But, Cyborg wants Rousey to fight her instead… at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden.
“I’m not trying to inspire you to suddenly become a better person, or become anything you’re not,” Justino wrote. “But there was a time in your life when you told people you wanted to fight me. Maybe you didn’t quite understand the way the world worked then, but you also didn’t care what anyone thought.
“I guess what I’m trying to tell you is that you don’t need to be the champ to fight me.
“The media made you out to be the greatest female fighter of all time, and that is beautiful, because now everyone knows the real reason why you avoided a fight against Cris Cyborg. P4P #1 in the World for WMMA according to ESPN.”