Tito Ortiz, former manager of Invicta FC women's Featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, believes his former client may indeed face-off with her arch rival, UFC women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, in a potential colossal clash inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, later this year.
"I've heard from Cris [Justino] actually that the fight that's supposed to be happening at the Cowboy's arena ... they offered the fight to Cris," Ortiz told Inside MMA (transcribed via Bloody Elbow). "I know her management said 'yes' and I've told her, ‘Let's do it.' So I guess the ball's all in Ronda [Rousey]'s corner and Ronda wants to do it. Dana said if Cris came down to 135 they'll make the fight happen, so let's see if Ronda accepts the fight."
One week before "Rowdy's" slaying of "Pitbull," it was confirmed by UFC president Dana White that Miesha Tate would be getting a third crack at the 135-pound belt after her noteworthy performance over Jessica Eye (highlights here) at UFC on FOX 16, which puts "Cupcake" potentially on the outside looking in.
Obviously, one of these scenarios cannot be true.
Cyborg has long campaigned for a fight with Rousey, who continuously laments she will not leave her weight class for the challenge of taking out the former Strikeforce featherweight champion after the 30-year-old suggested a catchweight meeting at 140 pounds.
The knockout artist's next meeting is reportedly slated for 140 pounds after she previously announced her plan of strategically making her way down to bantamweight in Feb. 2014. After that, a meeting between Cyborg and Rousey is realistic, due to the former already being under contract with ZUFFA.
Plans for a UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV), with an accompanying title bout between Featherweight kings Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, as well as one potentially pitting Rousey against Cyborg in a superfight, at AT&T Stadium are still unconfirmed.
But, if it happens, would be big business, not to mention utterly bananas.