Cyborg: Rousey Beef “Wasn’t Personal”
Dana White and Cris Cyborg seem to have reconciled. Could the Cyborg-Ronda Rousey beef be squashed someday, too?
There’s a possibility, Cyborg seemed to intimate Thursday at UFC 214 open workouts at UFC Gym.
“We can talk, I never met her before,” Cyborg said. “But I think she did great things for women’s MMA. She said a lot of things about me, but I think she used that time for growing her. I think she used it like a business. I think it’s nothing personal, because I never met her. We don’t know each other. Nothing. I don’t have anything against her.”
Rousey and Cyborg had one of the more heated rivalries in MMA for years, but it has subsided recently, especially in Rousey’s absence from the sport. Rousey went as far as once calling Cyborg “an it,” because of her past steroid use. Cyborg slammed Rousey for putting a pillow over her head in the Los Angeles airport after her knockout loss to Holly Holm in 2015.
The two went back and forth and both made ugly comments about each other, going back to their days in Strikeforce. Many fans and pundits thought a fight between the two best female fighters in the world would one day happen, but it never did and probably never will. Cyborg cannot make women’s bantamweight, Rousey’s division in the UFC, in a healthy manner and Rousey will likely never fight again. Even if Rousey did, who knows if she’d go to 145 or 140 for a Cyborg fight after two straight knockout losses.
For a time, Rousey vs. Cyborg was the biggest fight the UFC could put on. But even White has acknowledged publicly that Rousey will likely retire after a first-round KO loss to Amanda Nunesat UFC 207 in December.
Rousey is the former Strikeforce and UFC women’s bantamweight, who has successfully crossed over to Hollywood with multiple movie and television roles. “Rowdy” was once the biggest name in MMA history and the highest paid fighter in the UFC. Since her loss to Holm, though, she has not been as visible in the MMA world and would not do any MMA-centric media leading into UFC 207.
Original Story: MMAFighting