Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Ronda Rousey celebrates with fans after her fight with Liz Carmouche (not pictured) in their UFC women's world bantamweight championship bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Cris Cyborg: Ronda Rousey is the paper champion; opponents handpicked


When UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made some waves last week for calling Cris “Cyborg” Santos an “it,” people were waiting to see whether or not the promotion would hand down some punishment to one of their top stars.

The UFC did not discipline Rousey for her comments, which came as no surprise to Cyborg who had some comments of her own about Rousey’s success.

“I’m not surprised (she wasn’t punished) because she’s UFC’s paper champion,” Cyborg said, via MMAFighting.com. “They obviously would never punish her, even because her opponents are handpicked.

“I always admired Dana White as a great businessman that always believed in MMA and helped our sport to grow around the world. And I’m sure that, with the power he has, he would never go against his paper champion.”

Cyborg has been hoping for a fight with Rousey and plans to begin dropping down to 135-pounds in hopes of finding herself in the UFC and challenging for the belt, but first she will have to prove that she can succesfully make weight and get a win under her belt before making a challenge.

If the Rousey vs. Cyborg fight ever happens, it could be one of the biggest fights for the history of the women’s bantamweight division and the trash talk leading up to the event would be spectacular.

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  • Ken

    It’s funny a girl who has never fought at 135lb, and asked to get released from her contract with Zuffa would complain about their champion. Keep hyping it up though Cyborg. It only brings more money to the UFC.

  • Suke Mahpeen

    Ronda is a a foul mouthed pig.

  • himler adams

    Rousey is a good looking popular UFC star and Cyborg is unwanted and ugly. There that’s it.

  • ib313

    Cyborg is a steroid addled freak

  • Ken

    Is Floyd Mayweather a paper champion because he hasn’t fought Bernard Hopkins yet? Wait, Bernard hasn’t ever fought at Floyd’s weight. huh

    • Kareem Francis

      Not really a good analogy considering Bhop and Floyd never fought at the same weight….Pac would probably be a better analogy. ….and yes (even tho im not one of them)many people will/do consider Floyd a paper champ until, he takes that fight.

      • Ken

        And Cyborg has never fought at 135. The only weight the UFC now promotes in Women’s MMA. The analogy holds just fine. For those able to follow simple reason and logic