For Cris Cyborg, fighting Ronda Rousey is not just about the title. Their feud has gone personal as rumors are swirling that Cyborg wants to settle things with Rousey inside the Octagon and the “fight has to happen” soon.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani at The MMA Hour via MMA Fighting, the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion noted that Rousey said a “lot of stuff” against her. She stressed that for things to be settled, it should be inside the Octagon. Cyborg debut with the UFC in stunning fashion as she knocked Leslie Smith cold in the just 81 seconds of the first round at UFC 198 in front of her hometown in Brazil.
“I think this fight has to happen. I think Ronda (said) a lot of things about me, a lot of bad things. A lot of fans forget about, but I never forget about. I would like to fight her in the cage. I think we have a lot of things to talk in the cage, and not outside the cage. I hope she’s coming back. I want to fight soon. I don’t have time to wait,” Cyborg said.
The 30-year-old jiu-jitsu specialist noted that fighting Rousey will be the biggest fight that the UFC would see in women’s MMA. She added that it is something that fight fans and the world would want to see. Cyborg just wants the UFC, especially president Dana White, to know that she is all good to fight Rousey anytime she is ready after recovering from a minor knee surgery.
“I think it would be an amazing fight and all fans would see it. I think it would be the biggest fight ever. Me and Ronda Rousey. Everybody wanna watch. This is something you don’t need to ask. They already know this is the biggest fight in women’s MMA. I think I don’t have to ask it. They know I don’t choose opponents. They already know,” Cyborg explained.
Aside from Rousey, Cyborg has also set his eyes on former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and current women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who has earlier stated that she would want to fight Cyborg at a catch weight. However, formal talks have yet to be discussed on the matter.
“The biggest fights will happen now, Holly Holm (vs. Valentina Shevchenko) and Miesha Tate (vs. Amanda Nunes). I think, probably, I’ll fight that biggest fight,” Cyborg said. “We have to see what happens. We have to see who wants to fight me. Miesha Tate said she wants to fight me at 140. Let’s see. A lot of people like to say but no one signs the contract. I’m ready. Who my fans want to watch, I’ll fight and I’m ready.”
Cyborg signed with the UFC this March. Despite this short time, she already sent a strong message to future opponents that they should not mess with her and that she is going after each and every one of them soon.
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