You may as well embrace it, fight fans.
The Ronda Rousey vs. Cristiane Justino conversation is not dying down anytime soon. Whether it be "Cyborg" appearing on ESPN Sportscenter to say the fight "has to happen," or threatening Rousey with legal action for comments she made in an interview about steroids, the talk from both sides is ongoing.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion brought forth a new wrinkle to the oft-discussed potential showdown against "Cyborg" on her Reddit earlier this evening (Mon., Aug. 10, 2015) during an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session.
But this latest salvo fired at "Cyborg" from "Rowdy" wasn't about steroids or making weight.
It was pertaining to money.
Rousey said the main hold up for the highly-anticipated fight that's been discussed for over two years is due to dollars and cents, and not about Justino -- who is the Invicta featherweight champion -- making the 135-pound weight limit in order to fight for the UFC women's bantamweight title.
"Sincere opinion about Cyborg: she's just waiting to be offered enough money to get her ass kicked ('cuz she knows she'll get her ass kicked)," Rousey wrote. "I know for a fact she can make the weight. She consulted with Mike Dolce (my current nutritionist) before I ever started working with him and after consulting with her he said he could get her in "the best shape of her life" at 135. She then started being represented by Tito Ortiz and all talk stopped.
"The delay is all about money, not her weight. She made 145 pumped full of steroids. She can healthily make 135 without them. Her shows that she headlines lose thousands of dollars, and the majority of the tickets are given away because no one will buy them. She needs me. So pretty much we're waiting for her to realize that she needs to fight me before I retire or she'll never have enough money to retire. I would like me kicking her ass be my retirement fight but whether she steps up or not, I'll walk away undefeated and happily ever after regardless."
George Lockhart, Justino's nutritionist, added some depth to the narrative during an appearance on Monday's (Aug. 10, 2015) edition of "The MMA Hour" and said he felt "Cyborg" could "definitely" make the weight by December of this year if she had too.
Expect more of this discussion to be ongoing, as evidenced by Tito Ortiz claiming on Inside MMA that Justino was offered a fight against Rousey at UFC 194 in December -- which White vehemently denied in an interview with Yahoo. There will assuredly be more back and forth to come between the two fighters in the days and weeks to come.
Until then, Rousey gets a third go-round with Miesha Tate.