Cyborg Justino's Rep Responds To Ronda Rousey's Steroid Comments
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.22.2014
A long statement...
MMA Junkie reports that attorney/adviser for Cristiane Justino, George Prajin, has responded to the recent comments of UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC). In an interview with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports this past week (which you can find here), Rousey suggested that Justino is a long-time user of performance enhancing drugs. Justino has previously failed a test due to the use of the drugs and has been wanting a shot in the UFC.
Rousey said: "I've said before, I don't care if she's injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I'll fight her, but that's just my personal decision. But I can't make a decision for the whole division. I can't say it's the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she's not even a woman anymore. She's an ‘it.' It's not good for the women's division. It's not good at all."
Prajin replied in the following statement:
First of all Cris Cyborg is a beautiful woman with a huge heart. She has a mother and father and a beautiful niece that she has raised since she was born. Ronda is not only trying to hurt Cris but is hurting them as well. This is fight sport, no reason for hateful attacks. You want to hurt Cris, get in the cage. Dare you.
Cris Cyborg does not need to resort to personal insults. She wants to hurt Ronda physically not verbally. Ronda's hateful statements show that she fears Cris because she knows she has to verbally attack her to hurt her because she can't physically. She knows she has no chance against Cris in a fight.
First she ran to 135 to escape her, hoping that she would never have to face her. Then when fans started to demand the fight, she hid behind her weight division. Now that Cris is coming after her she now is setting up the excuse of all excuses – fighting Cris wouldn't be fair. In fact it would be "criminal."
She is right about one thing: It would not be fair. And it has nothing to do with performance enhancing drugs. It's because Cris is just that much better. And to agree with Ronda, it would be criminal. In fact it may end in homicide.
Ronda is making serious allegations that Cris is abusing steroids. Unless she has proof, she is having a reckless disregard for the truth!
Ronda knows Cris has passed four drug tests in a row including a random drug test performed this past March. All Ronda is doing is trying to build an excuse once Cris mops the cage with her. That is by lying and saying that Cris is a cheater.
Affirmatively, Cris is not using any performance enhancing drugs!
Neither UFC nor GLAAD have responded to Rousey's choice of the word "it" to describe Justino. GLAAD went after the UFC's Matt Mitrione after he made similar comments aobut transgender fighter Fallon Fox in 2013.
Rousey is currently set to fight Alexis Davis (16-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC 175 on July 5. She is looking for her tenth win in a row and fifth consecutive title defense.