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Cris Cyborg threatens Ronda Rousey with legal action for steroid 'lies' in the media

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Esther Lin

When Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen were scheduled to fight back in 2013, "Bones" decided the best way to talk trash was to accuse "The American Gangster" of doing steroids his entire career, an accusation that stemmed from Sonnen's failed drug test in 2010.

Soon thereafter, "Bones" was forced to apologize (read it) after Sonnen threatened legal action for what he called a "reckless statement" on UFC Tonight, arguing that one failed drug test from several years back was not enough to condemn his entire career.

Funny how history has a way of repeating itself.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is following in Jones' footsteps, trashing her nemesis Cristiane Justino every time someone in the mixed martial arts (MMA) media asks about a future "Cyborg" fight.

"I prefer [an opponent] who makes weight and doesn't do drugs," Rousey told Ariel Helwani last weekend in Brazil. "The fight's there for Cyborg. She can make 145 pumped full of steroids and she can move down [to 135] without them."

Keep in mind this is not the old days of MMA, when comments like that were confined to the UFC bubble. Rousey is now a mainstream star and her UFC 190 win over Bethe Correia (watch it) was front page news on most online sports outlets, including ESPN, FOX, and Sports Illustrated.

Simply put, anything Rousey says will reach a considerable audience.

With that in mind, Justino sent her a stern warning on Twitter, promising legal action if "Rowdy" continued to slander her with "lies" in the media. While the Brazilian was popped for performance-enhancing drugs back in 2012, she has since tested clean in multiple fights under the Invicta FC banner.

Only one way to settle this.

"Cyborg" is expected to move down to 135 pounds in 2016, following a catchweight bout at 140 pounds. Assuming she wins that contest and does not flunk any drug tests, then a Rousey fight seems inevitable, as the Brazilian is already under contract to ZUFFA.

The countdown has begun.