Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has a couple of in-house contenders breathing down her neck. One of them is the Alexis Davis, 3-0 since transitioning to the Octagon. The other is Cat Zingano, who earned her crack at the crown prior to her knee injury in 2013.
But most members of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community would gladly hand them a rain check if "Rowdy" was willing to grant former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cristiane Justino her chance to pull the sword from the proverbial stone, including ex-middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.
"I believe this fight needs to happen. Ronda is a great fighter. But Cris has 90-percent chance of winning. She trains hard and has all the features and appropriate techniques to win. This fight needs to happen, because Dana White owes it to the audience; the UFC."
The fans want it. Cyborg wants it. But does Rousey?
Despite making provisions for other 145-pound imports, the undefeated Olympian has been non-committal on facing the Brazilian. So too, has UFC President Dana White, who tried to make it happen for UFC 157 -- but couldn't -- and has since decided that "Cyborg" must first prove herself as a bantamweight.