Cyborg: “Hey Ronda Rousey, I’m coming for you!”
UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey (11-0) is the newest spokesperson for Metro PCS, and the PR folks at the company had a terrific idea: have a booth at the UFC Fan Expo during International Fight Week set up for fans to record and send messages to Rousey cheering her on ahead of her title defense fight against Bethe Correia. Metro PCS plans to show some of the fan messages during the UFC 190 preliminaries broadcast. What a great idea, right? What could go wrong? But, as she’s done for so many opponents’ hopes, Invicta Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (16-1-1) acted as spoiler once again.
Cyborg sauntered into Rousey’s sponsor’s booth, casually sat down, and then gave a threatening, yet oddly civil, message to her long-time nemesis: “Hey Ronda Rousey, I’m coming for you!”
At this point, the possible fight between Cyborg and Rousey has reached mythical proportions, like the existence of Yeti, or finding a short line at Starbucks on a Sunday morning. The promise of the fight is only held together by hype, trash talk, and Dana White’s tears.
Cyborg has cut a swath through the featherweight division like a giant, killer buzz saw armed with devastating suplexes and fists. Her latest victim was Kiwi Faith Van Duin at Invicta FC 13 this past week, who lasted 45 seconds.
Rousey faces Correia on August 1, in a headliner bout sure to be over with almost as fast as you can yell “Armbar!”
To be honest, I hope Cyborg and Rousey either shut up about a possible fight at bantamweight, or they just decide to have a catchweight fight. Personally, I think Rousey wants to retire undefeated before she starts an Action Woman movie franchise, so the fight isn’t happening. Ever.
Or, as Anton Tabuena of Bloody Elbow so eloquently put it, “I don’t know about you, but I don’t care about all the excuses and all the politics. I just need to see Cyborg vs. Rousey, since a lot of their fights nowadays might as well be vine videos.”
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