Cris 'Cyborg' Justino Still Open to Fighting Ronda Rousey in the UFC
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.28.2014
So says her co-manager...
Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino's manager George Prajin recently spoke with MMAjunkie and said that Justino is aiming for a fight with Ediane Gomes for Invicta 8 in March. Check out the highlights of the interview:
On a potential weight class shift to make a UFC fight with Ronda Rousey possible: "I think she could make 135 for a few fights; I just don't see her doing it for her career. [The UFC] just didn't make it easy. They wanted six fights, and they also didn't want to share the (pay-per-view) revenue with Cris, and those are just a few things that we felt weren't fair. If the UFC really wanted this fight to happen – if Ronda really wanted to show the world … that she's the best in the world – then step up. Say, ‘Hey, I'll gain that extra five pounds.' She's fought at 154 in the Olympics and 145 in Strikeforce. But obviously, she's hiding behind the fact that she's the 135-pound champ and she doesn't have to do anything. Well, Cris is the 145-pound champ. If Invicta had a 155-pound title, she'd go up and win the belt, and also go down to 135, because I don't think anyone has a chance with Cris."
On whether Cyborg will consider a UFC jump: "[Invicta] is a relationship we want to continue for a long time, and Shannon's been so great to us. But contractually, [Justino vs. Rousey] could happen in the fall. And to be honest, I think if the UFC offered the fight, I don't think Shannon would stand in the way. I think she'd be very supportive, and even if she were contractually bound, I think she would allow Cris to fight Ronda in the UFC. I know that for a fact."