Current Invicta World Featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino starts to trash Ronda Rousey amidst news of their pending match inside the Octagon. Justino calls Rousey a coward straight forward.
Justino, who successfully beat Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95, told TMZ that Rousey is even afraid to say his name. She added that Rousey is no warrior as she continues to hide behind the shadows of UFC president Dana White. It would be remembered that it was White who stated that Rousey is down in fighting Justino even at the catch weight of 140 pounds.
“Ronda [is a] coward. I’ll fight her anytime next year. You [Rousey] can have all the money in the world, I have something money can’t buy – a warrior’s heart,” Justino said. “I’m no coward. Ronda doesn’t want to fight me. She’s afraid to say my name in an interview so she has Dana White tell the story for her.”
Everyone saying @RondaRousey said she wants to fight me. Ne1 wonder y we haven't actually SEEN HER SAY IT? Say my name 3 times like candyman
— #UFC219 #CyborgVHolm (@criscyborg) September 28, 2016
It was White, who played as the spokesperson for Rousey, stated via UFC Unfiltered podcast that Rousey will first take on Amanda Nunes before she faces Justino next year. He even added that Rousey’s mindset is back to win fights again.
“She’s getting nasty again and her head’s in the right place,” White said.
Justino had to sacrifice a lot in her two previous fights in the UFC. She had to cut weight to reach the catch weight of 140 pounds. However, Justino’s weight loss journey proved that she could defy odds as she went on to beat Leslie Smith and then Lansberg.
After her victory against Lansberg, Justino stated that she is willing to cut down her weight again as long as she would be in “super fights.” And it seems that Justino’s wish will finally be granted when the two big names in the women’s MMA would collide inside the Octagon.
A fight between Ronda Rousey and Cris "Cyborg" Justino?
According to UFC president Dana White, it's a possibility. https://t.co/sxt5jk0z6e
— ESPN (@espn) September 28, 2016
Fight fans could not wait to see the outcome of the fight, but some MMA fighters are already taking sides. UFC star Stephen Thompson told TMZ that Cyborg will use her size and strength to beat Rousey.
“Cyborg has been busy…she never stops fighting. Unlike Ronda, who had somewhat of a break. We don’t know where she [Ronda] is mentally after that last loss. I know she is a fighter, I know she is strong, but I will give it to Cyborg,” Thompson said.
Just like what Thompson said, Justino is ready to mix it up with Rousey anytime and anywhere. The question is Rousey ready to finally meet Justino after ducking her since their Strikeforce days.
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