Hold the phone.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White acted quickly to shoot down claims made by Tito Ortiz that an offer was made to Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino to fight UFC women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. later this year.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports this afternoon (Sat., Aug. 8, 2015), White defiantly refuted the claims made by Ortiz, branding the UFC Hall of Fame inductee a liar.
"That was a complete lie. It's 100 percent a lie. First of all, the UFC doesn't even talk to Tito Ortiz, so let's start there. But, we haven't offered any fight to [Justino]. Tito Ortiz is just making this [expletive] up. In no way, shape or form did we offer her a fight against Ronda at Cowboys Stadium. Completely untrue. The problem is, this kind of thing gets out there and picks up momentum when there is no truth to it. And it was just something that he decided to make up. But it's not true."
"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. 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."
Although a fight between "Cyborg" and Rousey has been speculated on for years now and would arguably be a potential record-setter on pay-per-view (PPV), the problem has always been that the two compete at different weight classes. Rousey has repeatedly invited Justino down to 135 pounds and has said she won't leave bantamweight for a "super fight," while the Brazilian has asked that the two meet somewhere in the middle.
Officially, Rousey's next fight is supposed to go to former Strikeforce women's Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who has been twice dispatched inside the cage by a undefeated judoka. In fact, White told media following Tate's dominant victory over Jessica Eye in Chicago on July 25 that Tate would get the next shot at Rousey.
For what it's worth, "Cyborg" did come to Ortiz's defense, claiming UFC did, indeed, reach out about her ability to make the 135-pound limit in less than six months:
I'm not lying nor is Tito- UFC called my manager last Sunday to see if I would fight Ronda at 135 on December 5 at... http://t.co/pF2VJdRuEU— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) August 8, 2015
Ideally, UFC would like to create a title bout doubleheader with Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor for the Featherweight title and Rousey vs. Tate for the women's Bantamweight belt at UFC 194 on Dec. 5, 2015, at the 80,000-seat venue in Dallas, but nothing definitive has been announced.