This would be HUGE…
Arguably the biggest fight in women’s MMA history, Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm also turned out to be the biggest upset. Coming in to the UFC 193 showdown as a massive underdog, Holm dethroned Rousey with a dominant knockout.
That was in late 2015, and now the tide has changed a lot. ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ lost the title in her first defense against Miesha Tate. ‘Cupcake’ was squashed by Amanda Nunes, and promptly retired after her next fight.
Rousey’s Comeback Against Nunes
Just last month it was revealed that ‘Rowdy’ was on the comebck trail. Returning to face Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30, Rousey will again attempt to make history. This time around, she would become the first ever two-time women’s champion in UFC history with a win.
Considering the gravity of this fight, Rousey has been very quiet lately. One female star who has not remained so quiet is Cris Cyborg. Once again the Brazilian has been snubbed, as the UFC has opted for the first ever women’s featherweight title fight to feature Holly Holm vs. Germaine Da Randamie.
Anyone remember when Dana was on @WhitlockJason saying 145 had no women? It’s personal not sport
— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) December 14, 2016
Dana White Responds
“We’re out to disrespect Cyborg?” White questioned. “She said she couldn’t make 145 pounds in eight weeks. We offered her a second and a third fight. She turned them down. With everything I’ve got going on in my life, the last thing I’m thinking is, ‘Hey, let’s get together and disrespect Cyborg.’ White told ESPN.
“We offered three fights, and she turned them all down,” White continued. “This is a business. I had two girls who wanted to fight for the 145-pound title. This is the pros. If you play for the Patriots, you don’t sit around and say, ‘I don’t feel like playing this weekend.’ We brought her in because she said she could make 135 pounds. When she couldn’t, the weight cut was too hard, we created the 145-pound division — and she still doesn’t want to fight.”
“This is a business of opportunity,” White said. “When opportunity arises, you jump up and take it. If you don’t, the bus is gone, and it passes you by. If Holly wins and becomes a champion, and that’s the scenario [Rousey regains the title]? I guarantee people will want to see it.”
Yeah, this is pretty much a huge slap in the face. Considering the UFC was willing to put the featherweight division on hold for an entire year so Conor McGregor could break a record, Cyborg’s need to get healthy isn’t exactly outrageous.
The Brazilian said she nearly died during her last weight cut, and needs at least 12 weeks training camp to even make 145 pounds. Seeing as she is the number one at featherweight, you’d think Dana could make a small exception.
After hearing Dana say he’s essentially gunning for Rousey vs. Holm 2, the UFC’s decisions against Cyborg make sense, yet aren’t acceptable still.