Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White once had Ronda Rousey, the promotion’s golden goose, so he didn’t give two shits about the rest of the women in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Including former Strikeforce and Invicta FC featherweight champion Cristiane Justino.
But now that Rousey has been knocked out in consecutive fights and is no longer interested in competing, White and his band of merry men have no choice but to call upon “Cyborg” in 2017 and beyond.
“She’s had a rough go here in the UFC,” White told MMAjunkie. “She hasn’t been thrilled with things that have been said, things that have been done. So the least we can do is get our (expletive) together and get this woman a fight for the title.”
I can’t imagine why Justino wouldn’t be thrilled.
It wasn’t that long ago when White and Co. were making dick jokes at the Brazilian’s expense, and even told fans that Justino was not a “her” but an “it” and looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress.
Water under the bridge, or something like that.
“Cyborg” will finally make her debut in the promotion’s featherweight division when she battles longtime veteran Tonya Evinger at the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) next month in Anaheim, California.
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