Last week, Ronda
Rousey was introduced by Dana White as the first female
The opponent for Rousey’s debut at UFC
157 is Liz
Carmouche, but the fight fans really want to see pits the
bantamweight champion against Cristiane
"Cyborg" Santos. In an interview with Sherdog.com, Santos
confirmed that negotiations stalled due to issues with a demanding
weight cut for the former Strikeforce champion.
"It was too little time to cut that much weight. I'm heavy, I
always was. When I started fighting I weighed 154 pounds, and now
I'm about 160 pounds without fighting. Dana already said he will
just have the bantamweight division for now. I understand, there
are not that many fighters in my division (145 pounds). So I'll
make the effort to cut down. Who does not want to fight in the
UFC?" she said.
Rousey was aware of the problems facing the Brazilian, but “Rowdy”
did not spare her at last Thursday’s UFC on Fox 5 press conference,
hinting again that “Cyborg” was afraid to fight her. Santos says
the highly-anticipated duel is only postponed.
"She keeps saying that I'm running, but (anyone) who knows me knows
that I never run from anyone. If it was up to 145 pounds, I would
fight tomorrow. But it's not that way, and to cut down to 135
pounds I have to follow a plan just right. It's better for me to
fight at bantamweight because the division has more fighters,” she
said. “I'm looking for the right diet, the best way to lose that
weight. I'll make that fight with Ronda happen. I'll give my
Like many of her female counterparts, Santos is thrilled that women
will finally be allowed to compete in the UFC.
"It shows the state of female MMA today. It's time to take off.
More fighters will now appear, even in my division," she said.
*Alan Oliveira contributed to this report