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.