You know the saying "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"? Well it apparently works in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight contender Miesha Tate became the first woman survive more than one round with UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Though she was still forced to tap out due to an armbar, it was a moral victory of sorts.
Tate has long been Rousey's rival, yet hasn't been able to push the champion in ways that could truly elevate either's career.
There is a woman though, who could possibly make Rousey work in the Octagon. That woman is Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, the former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight champion. "Cyborg" has been angling for a bout with Rousey for quite some time, as it promises to be a big money fight. If there is such a thing as a "Superfight" in women's MMA, it would be "Rousey vs. Cyborg."
Recently, Justino's manager Tito Ortiz reached out to Tate on twitter to see if she would like to work with "Cyborg."
Tate was quick to respond and appears to be willing to assist "Cyborg" in training for her next opponent.
A bit over a month ago, Justino offered to help Tate train for her UFC 168 bout with Ronda Rousey. Unfortunately, the timing didn't work out but apparently they will be working together in the future.
Though no fight has formally been announced, it is probable that Justino's next bout will be inside the Invicta cage. She is currently 2-0 in the promotion, winning the promotion's 145 pound title in her second bout with Marloes Coenen.
Could this be the beginning of a beautiful new friendship?