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Cris “Cyborg” Fires Back at Ronda Rousey, Says UFC Champ is “Running Away”

Kelsey Mowatt

Ronda Rousey

It looks like the rivalry between Cris Justino and Ronda Rousey is back in full swing, as after the latter blasted the Invicta FC champ earlier this week, “Cyborg” has fired back. Surprised?

While speaking to the Brazilian media just a couple of days ago, not only did Rousey accuse “Cyborg” of ducking the UFC’s new drug testing procedures, she argued Justino’s not very skilled.

Well, of course, “Cyborg” had a few things to say about Rousey and the UFC bantamweight champ’s recent comments, while speaking to MMA Fighting.com. Case in point:

“What she says means nothing to me,” Justino said. “A person is visiting my country and trying to defame me with my fans to get attention shows you how uneducated she is. She’s a low-level person. She feels she has to step on someone in order to rise.”

“As always, (Rousey) is trying to pick her next opponent. She is running away from me and asking to fight Bethe (Correia),” she said. “If she was so sure about everything she says, she would have already accepted to fight me like she accepted to fight Gina Carano at any weight, fight Cain Velasquez, (Floyd) Mayweather. Grow up, Ronda.”

“Cyborg” is referring to the fact that following Correia’s stoppage win over Shayna Bazler, and follow up call out of Rousey, the champ was quick to say she’d be down for the fight.

Then there’s the whole Carano thing. Rousey and UFC boss man Dana White have gone out of there way to say Carano deserves a title shot, if she signs with the promotion…despite the fact she hasn’t fought since 2009  (when she was taken out by Justino).

Rousey, more recently, also said she’d be interested in fighting Cat Zingano. The latter was supposed to fight Rousey next, after defeating Miesha Tate last April, but was sidelined due to a knee injury. Zingao’s booked to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 178.

While all this back-and-forth makes for interesting headlines and copy, at the end of the day, there’s a few hurdles to clear before a bout between Rousey and “Cyborg” takes place.

Justino hasn’t even made 135 yet, so until that happens, there’s no reason to start planning your Rousey-“Cyborg” viewing party just yet.

“Cyborg” is coming off a decision loss–in a Muay Thai bout–to Jorina Baars in March. In her last MMA bout, which went down in July, 2013, Justino took out Marloes Coenen to become Invicta’s 145 pound champ.

Rousey is recovering from a broken thumb and knee surgery, after she stormed through Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in July.

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