It seems like every time Ronda Rousey gets in front of the media these days, the name Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino makes its way into the conversation.
While Rousey is set to square off with Cat Zingano at UFC 184 for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, Cyborg is headlining her own card this weekend. The Brazilian star faces Charmaine Tweet on Friday at Invicta FC 11, which will be broadcast on UFC FIGHT PASS.
Rousey finds Justino’s opponent interesting.
“It’s kind of funny that the chick she is fighting is the girl I beat in less than a minute in what, my second pro fight or something, giving up a lot of weight,” Rousey said, turning the conversation toward Cyborg. “Yeah, you’re really pushing yourself there, girl.”
Rousey vs. Cyborg is one of the most-talked about potential super fights in all of mixed martial arts. Justino’s past issues with banned substances, combined with her struggles to cut down to 135, have prohibited the two from finally settling their rivalry inside the Octagon.
But Rousey, while focused on her task at hand against Zingano, welcomes a fight with Cyborg – if the challenger can make championship weight, of course.
“She can make 135, she definitely can. The thing is, someone who cheats and makes things easier for themselves is always going to try and make things easier for themselves,” Rousey said of Cyborg, who has passed all out-of-competition drug tests administered by the California State Athletic Commission . “This girl needs to learn that you’re not always going to get advantages put in your favor. You need to learn a lesson and do what the other girls have to do.
“Stop taking f**king steroids and make weight.”