March 3, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; New champion Ronda Rousey is escorted out of the arena by trainer Edmond Tarverdyan after defeating Miesha Tate during the Strikeforce Grand Prix final at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
"Superfights" are few and far between in women's mixed martial arts (MMA).
Mainly because the talent pool in female MMA is not exactly at the same level as that of its male counterpart. That's not to say there aren't talented female fighters. On the contrary, there are plenty of skilled fighters in women's MMA and with Invicta FC prospering in its own right, it seems the amount and level of competition will only increase.
Previously, Gina Carano and Cristiane Santos laid claim to the first ever women's super fight, for lack of a better term, when the two tangled way back in Aug. 2009 at Strikeforce: "Carano vs. Cyborg."
The bout marked the first time Carano had tasted defeat as "Cyborg" stopped the former champion with one second remaining in the first round via technical knockout to claim the promotions 145-pound strap. The contest was also the last time "Conviction" stepped foot inside the Hexagon.
To that end, there aren't too many bouts that many would consider a "dream fight" or "super fight." There is, however, one that many would label as such: A match up between current Strikeforce Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the aforementioned former Strikeforce Featherweight title holder, Cris Cyborg.
For her part, "Cyborg" says she wants the bout with "Rowdy," however, she says she doesn't see the need for her to have to drop down to 135, but is more than willing to meet the Rousey in the middle at a catchweight of 140 pounds.
Check out her comments on today's (Aug., 13, 2012) edition of The MMA Hour, after the jump:
"I really wanna fight Ronda. I really want to. She says bad things about me. I never say bad things about my opponent. I want to do my best in the octagon, and if she says she wants to fight me, she can come to my weight or at 140. She started at 145. And she's running to 135. She's running to not fight me. And after, she speaks a lot of shit about me. I want to fight her soon. I'm very excited to fight her. And when we're in the octagon, we'll see if she says anything. And if she says anything, I can punch her."
"Cyborg" went to not say that unlike most female fighters, the way she fights and trains is nothing like her colleagues, which is what separates her from the competition:
"I'm a women but I want to fight the same as a man. I like training hard, I like to punch the face. I like getting punched in the face. I fight the same as a man. I train the same as a man. I think this is different from other girls."
The promotion's CEO, Scott Coker, recently hinted (although nothing is confirmed at the moment) that a potential showdown between the two stars down the road is not that far-fetched, however, there are are still a few things that need to happen before the bout ever takes place:
Rousey has her hands full this weekend as she attempts to defend her belt for the first time against Sarah Kaufma, while "Cyborg" still needs to serve out the rest of her suspension for steroids, which has a few months remaining.
If all the stars align and Rousey can retain her title this weekend in San Diego, perhaps the dream fight between the two elite fighters can become a reality. That is, of course, if Kaufman doesn't play the part of the spoiler this weekend in sunny California?
Anyone see that happening?