Now that Ronda Rousey’s return is officially booked, it hasn’t taken long for talk about her fighting Cris “Cyborg” in the future to kick off once again.
Recently the promotion announced that Rousey will return to the cage on December 30 at UFC 207, and that she’ll face new bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. The bout will mark the first time Rousey has fought since was knocked out by Holly Holm last November, and incurred her first and only pro-defeat.
Well, Dana White was on the latest “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday, and the UFC President had this to say, when asked about Rousey – “Cyborg” (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I said she would fight Cyborg. First, Ronda’s got to win. Then, I don’t know what she’d going to want to do. She’s told me she wants to fight Cyborg. As long as I’ve known her, she’s always wanted to fight Cyborg. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’ll fight her. I don’t know if she’s going to defend the title several times before that.”
How about that? Now, of course, this is big news since in the past, the UFC repeatedly said Rousey – “Cyborg” wouldn’t happen, unless the latter makes 135. “Cyborg” has made it clear since, however, that she can’t cut to bantamweight. Case in point, her first two UFC bouts have taken place at 140, and “Cyborg” has struggled to make that weight.
As White noted, however, Rousey has to get past Nunes first. Based off the latter’s last few bouts, including her title cinching victory over Miesha Tate, it looks like “Rowdy” has a very tough task ahead.