Cris Cyborg on Ronda Rousey fight: ‘135 is not an option’

Weight issues have been one of the prevailing factors that have been the deterrent to the making of the Ronda Rousey-Cris Cyborg fight. Rousey has been adamant about having it at 135 pounds, while Cyborg struggles to make 140 pounds in the UFC.

Rousey vs. Cyborg is still considered as the mega fight in women’s MMA today. UFC president Dana White had even previously announced that it is the fight he intends to make, should Rousey end up victorious against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30th.

Cyborg is still open to facing Rousey some time in the near future. Holding it at bantamweight, however, is out of the question, even if a world title belt would be placed on the line.

“135 is not an option,” Cyborg told FloCombat. “Belts are for the fans, and I already have two at my house. I don’t need anymore to feel successful with what I’ve accomplished.”

The current Invicta women’s featherweight champion already has two UFC fights under her belt, both ending by TKO. And even if the Rousey fight does not end up happening, Cyborg does not see it as something that would affect her overall legacy as a fighter.

“Fans define a fighter’s legacy. When I’m done I hope they respect my battles inside the cage and realize I always tried to help create opportunities for growth in WMMA on a whole.”