Cris Cyborg Throws Major Shade At Ronda Rousey As Rousey-Holm II Date Is Announced
On Wednesday UFC President Dana White informed the Los Angeles Times that the date for the rematch between Ronda Rousey and current champion Holly Holm will be at UFC 200 on July 9th at the new MGM-AEG Arena in Las Vegas. This now confirms what many had been speculating ever since White said that Rousey-Holm II would definitely take place.
Reports The Times…
Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, told The Times Tuesday that he met with UFC officials Monday and received a proposal for that fight, but expressed concerns that Rousey wouldn’t be ready following her second-round knockout loss Nov. 14 in Australia.
“I’m not sure Ronda will be ready for a July fight,” Fresquez said. “She took a severe beating and I don’t think it’s in her best interest to take the next fight so fast. They told me she’s been ready and cleared, but … .”
Fresquez said he’d like Holm to defend her belt in the interim against top-ranked contender Miesha Tate.
“Holly’s used to staying active,” Fresquez said. “We’re from the old school and we believe the No. 1 contender is there for a reason. … [Tate] deserves a shot, but it’s not for me to decide.”
White, as usual, didn’t really care what anyone else had to say, especially Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez.
“We’re real concerned with his opinion,” White said in a sarcastic tone.
“Do I still want to fight Ronda? Of course!” Cyborg said. “However, if she wants to be the best she needs to beat the best, and that’s me at my best, not a depleted mirror of myself – which is what she is hoping for by forcing me to 135.”
Cyborg said that she “owes it to her division” to defend her Invicta featherweight title in the aftermath of Rousey’s loss but hasn’t completely ruled out a future fight with Rousey. However, if it were to take place, it would have to be on Cyborg’s terms.
“I hope [a fight with Rousey happens] for the fans. But if she was running from me before the loss, imagine how much faster she will be running from me now,” Cyborg said. “I’m not chasing her anymore. After all, didn’t she say ‘You come to the champ?’ I have been a world champion for 10 years!”
She also believes that Holm is “a true fighter that wants to fight the best” and thinks that Holly would be open to fighting her at 140 or 145 pounds.
White has said in the past that he was not going to let Cyborg fight in the UFC at any weight other than 135, but perhaps if Holm beats Rousey again and is open to the idea of a catchweight fight between her and Cyborg maybe it could happen? Please?