While some believe there is a long-running blood feud between Invicta FC champion Cristiane Justino and UFC champion Ronda Rousey, “Cyborg” insists the relationship isn’t personal: She just wants to give the fans the fight they want to see.

“I don’t have anything personal against her,” Justino told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “She talks stuff about me, and I think all the time she’s talking about me. I don’t know if she loves me, but I don’t have nothing personal. I think everything is professional.”

The rivalry between the two high-level female fighters began years ago when Justino (12-1 MMA) and Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) were the respective featherweight and bantamweight champions of the now-defunct Strikeforce organization.

There has since been a lot of talk about putting together the potential matchup, but the sticking point has always been what weight class the bout would be contested under.

Rousey has been firm in her stance that since she is the champion of the bigger company, Justino should accommodate her by dropping down to 135 pounds.

Unfortunately, the Brazilian says the additional 10-pound weight cut is not physically plausible.

“I’m very heavy and my bones are heavy and I try to make 135, but I think it’s very difficult for me,” Justino said. “I think 145 is very hard. Always when I make 145 I say, ‘Why?’ It’s very difficult for me to make 145 and I said, ‘If Ronda wants to fight me she can make 140 and go up and I’ll go down five pounds.”

Even when the idea of a catchweight affair has been brought up in the past, Rousey hasn’t appeared interested, as she wants Justino to drop the weight so their fight could be for the UFC championship.

While a title fight would be the ideal situation in terms of promotion, Justino said it shouldn’t determine whether or not the bout takes place because ultimately she just wants to put together what would arguably be the biggest women’s MMA fight ever – belt or no belt.

“I don’t care about the belt in the UFC, I care about the fight,” Justino said. “I think everybody wants to see the fight. I’m the champion of Invicta now. I don’t care. But I think the fans want to watch this fight, and I think it would be very exciting.”

As time goes on, to some fans, it likely feels like the dream fight between Justino and Rousey isn’t meant to be and will never take place.

Justino is testing herself outside of the MMA cage by taking her next fight under muay Thai rules on Friday at Lion Fight 11 in Las Vegas, while Rousey stayed busy coaching “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show opposite Miesha Tate and traveling the world for movie roles.

Even though Justino is eager to make the fight with Rousey happen, she is unwilling to budge on the idea of a 140-pound catchweight battle.

Some may criticize the 28-year-old for refusing to at least attempt to cut the weight, but Justino believes the UFC isn’t being flexible enough on the matter because it fears a champion from another organization will come in and defeat its poster girl.

“I think the UFC tries to protect Ronda because the boss wants everything inside their event, Justino said. “If we’re going to make this fight, why not 140? Everyone says, ‘Oh Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva and (Georges) St-Pierre vs. somebody else [at a catchweight]. I think we should make this fight at 140.

“I just want to go over there and win the fight then go back to my home at Invicta.”

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

TUF 17's Luke Barnatt implies that he's been released from the UFC

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

An Instagram message to his fans seems to spell out the end of Luke Barnatt's time in the UFC. Luke Barnatt's loss to Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night in Manila appears to be the last UFC bout for both read news >>

Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier vs. Alex Gustafsson Announced

  • 26 days ago
  • 19 views

MMA fans are in for an exciting stretch as UFC President Dana White announced two huge upcoming bouts with title implications Wednesday night. According to UFC Tonight, Luke Rockhold will get a shot read news >>

Bruce Buffer details swingin' James Bond lifestyle and doesn't even have to kill anybody

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Bruce Buffer is opening up to fans about his sexual exploits in a recent episode of his "It's Time" podcast. Just in case you were wondering if being the voice of the UFC comes with it's perks. At le read news >>

Chael Sonnen feels 'young again' thanks to Daniel Cormier, beats back MMA return rumors

  • 26 days ago
  • 46 views

Mixed martial arts fans (MMA) who hope to see "American Gangster" back inside the Octagon would be better off not holding their breath, as the 38-year-old confirmed he has no plans to return to the s read news >>

Twitter reacts to UFC's new drug-testing program and policies

  • 26 days ago
  • 62 views

MMA fans, media and fighters had strong reactions to the UFC’s formal announcement of their new drug-testing program. Check out some of the biggest reactions to the announcement from social media.Fil read news >>

Fans invited to Thursday's UFC Fight Night 68 open workouts, Friday's weigh-ins

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

If you live in or near New Orleans, you’ve got a chance to get up close and personal with this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 68 fighters.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Las Vegas Monorail announces partnership with the UFC

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

The Las Vegas Monorail and the UFC just signed a one-year deal to provide discount rates to UFC fans attending the promotion's local events. The UFC just hooked up with the Las Vegas Monorail in a on read news >>

Las Vegas Monorail, UFC Announce Partnership

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Monorail today announced a partnership with UFC® to provide fight fans discounted fares as they ride trains to attend upcoming UFC events. Fight fans will have the exciting read news >>

Urijah Faber would've loved 10 rounds of 'high-speed chess match' against Frankie Edgar

  • 27 days ago
  • 11 views

Many fans were glad when Urijah Faber's long awaited superfight against Frankie Edgar was over. But the "California Kid" would have wished for another five rounds. read news >>

Report: UFC cuts 10 fighters, including 'Four Horsewomen' bantamweight

  • 27 days ago
  • 604 views

Three horsewomen? Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gave mixed martial arts (MMA) fans yet another reason to hate Mondays, as 10 fighters were removed from the promotion's roster earlier this week read news >>