There is no love lost between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey and current Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, who has become a 140-pound UFC mercenary over the past six months. The two fighters are easily the most recognizable names in women's mixed martial arts (MMA) today and have been on a collision course for years.
As Rousey continues to find herself after succumbing to a Holly Holm head kick knockout at UFC 193 that cost her the 135-pound title and her undefeated MMA record, Cyborg remains persistent in her attempt to meet "Rowdy" inside of the Octagon. According to the Brazilian knockout artist, Rousey is scared to even say her name.
"Ronda doesn't say anything," proclaimed Cyborg during a recent interview on Fox Sports 1's "Speak for Yourself" with Jason Whitlock (shown above). "She doesn't even say my name. She used Dana White and her mother to talk to me, because she knows if she says my name, she'll have to fight me. She knows this."
Cyborg, 31, has absolutely dismantled her UFC competition since making her promotional debut back in May. She knocked out Leslie Smith in 81 seconds at UFC 198 then followed that up with a lopsided TKO victory over Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95. While Rousey is much better than both Smith and Lansberg, Cyborg believes a matchup with the former bantamweight champ would end the same way.
"My last fight, I broke the nose of the girl in three places," added Cyborg. "Sure, if I fight her she'll have to do surgery on her face after. I'm not kidding."
Sounds like Cyborg means business. Not only would she have a significant size advantage over Rousey, which she could use to power her way out of any potential submission attempts, but Cyborg is vastly more equipped on the feet. According to the Brazilian, Rousey couldn't even beat her own shadow.
"I watched her do shadow box and the shadow won," said Cyborg. "Maybe that means when Mike Tyson lose his fight by KO, he never the same. Maybe it means that Ronda lost her last fight and she's never the same. But not because she KOs people. She never did this."
While Rousey is not one to back down from a challenge, especially a trashtalking Brazilian striker (i.e. Bethe Correia), she'll probably set her sights on regaining the 135-pound title before she moves up to fight a bona fide killer at catchweight.