No Place For Cris Cyborg In The UFC If She Can’t Make 135-Pounds

Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; A wide view of the octagon as Alessio Sakara fights Patrick Cote during their Middleweight bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Sakara was disqualified for an illegal hit and Cote won. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

When the UFC announced that Strikeforce women’s champion Ronda Rousey had become the first female in history to sign with the organization, many began to lobby for a superfight between Rousey and women’s 145-champion Cris Cyborg. Rousey is the women’s 135-pound champion, so weight class is the issue.

UFC president Dana White made it clear that he was bringing over the 135-pound division, so when he was asked if it is safe to believe there is not a place for Cyborg in the UFC if she cannot make the weight cut to 135, White was clear.

“Right,” White said. “I’m bringing in the 135-pound division. That’s what I’m doing.”

“I haven’t [talked to her] but our matchmakers have talked to her camp and she doesn’t seem too excited to fight Ronda,” added White. “We’re bringing in the 135-pound division, that’s what we’re doing. I’m trying this women’s thing out.

“Ronda’s the champ. I think that Ronda has the potential to be a big star. She’s already getting media we’ve never even gotten before and she’s never even set foot in the UFC. That’s the division we’re bringing in, the 135-pound division, so I don’t know. We’ll see.”

While MMA fans would like to see Rousey test her skills against Cyborg, any potential match up is a long way off. Cyborg wants Rousey to come to her, but if you want to beat a UFC champion and take their title, you need to make the sacrifice and meet them in their weight class.

Topics: Cris Cyborg, MMA, UFC

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