Taking Dana White by his word, Cris “Cyborg” Justino may finally be nearing her long desired contest against Ronda Rousey.
Rousey was recently announced to be returning to the Octagon at UFC 207 this December, facing Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight title. It’ll mark the first time Rousey will have fought since her devastating upset loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November.
What’s more, White — who announced the blockbuster title fight on “The Herd” Wednesday — says a bout between Rousey and the most dominant female fighter on the planet will “definitely” happen if “Rowdy” manages to defeat Nunes in December.
He told Collin Cowherd:
“I know that ‘Cyborg’ wants that fight. Ronda wants that fight too. Ronda’s plan right now is to come back and try to win her title back. If that happens, the ‘Cyborg’ fight will definitely happen.”
Justino has long held the top post in the women’s 145-pound division. Recognized as one of the most popular mixed martial artists competing outside of the Octagon for the better part of her time as a professional fighter, “Cyborg” finally made her debut inside the Octagon at UFC 198 in May, defeating Leslie Smith via first-round TKO in a 140-pound catchweight. She followed up her dominant win with another dominant win over UFC newcomer Lina Lansberg in September, stopping the former kickboxer via TKO in Round 2.
While it’s proven to be a taxing weight cut, Justino has demonstrated she can make 140 pounds to meet Rousey right in between their two weight classes of 135 and 145 pounds.
Despite White’s comments, “Rowdy” has previously been reluctant to accept a fight against Justino, long citing the fact that she was the champion while demanding that Justino make the seemingly impossible drop down to 135 pounds.