Longtime fans of mixed martial arts have been clamoring for a fight between the top two female mixed martial artists on the planet, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Invicta FC featherweight title holder Cris Cyborg.
Unfortunately, there have consistently been roadblocks for the potential matchup and it wasn’t until earlier this year that Cyborg was even an official member of the UFC roster.
Since making her debut, Cyborg has two wins in the Octagon.
Rousey, meanwhile, has not had a fight since losing the title to Holly Holm in November of last year. Since her last bout, the title has switched hands twice — Miesha Tate defeated Holm at UFC 196 and then lost the title to current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 200.
But with Cyborg and Rousey finally in the same promotion could the super fight between the two women happen?
UFC president Dana White seems to think so.
White has previously said he believes Rousey will return before the end of the year to fight Nunes for the title. If Rousey is victorious in her return bout, White then says a bout with Cyborg could make sense.
“Ronda wants to fight her. They’d have to figure out at what weight they’d fight but Ronda wants that fight,” White said on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, via FOX Sports.
“Ronda could do 140.”
Does this mean we are the closest we’ve ever been to Rousey vs. Cyborg?
Only time will tell. And if there is one thing mixed martial arts fans have learned while waiting for this fight to come to fruition, it is that no one should get their hopes too high.
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