In the aftermath of Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey’s last title defense, Rousey and her management laid out some stipulations for her to be open to the idea of accepting a fight against former featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos. Rousey said that she would fight Santos, who was stripped of her title after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, but only if it was at 135 pounds and if she was tested out of competition before the fight.
It now seems she has changed her stance on the issue of testing Santos before the fight, telling The MMA Hour, “You know what? I really don’t care about the drug testing. She’s obviously been getting around it for many years.”
“I think the only real way to ensure this is a fair fight is to have her come down to 135, where if she’s doping, anything that she’s taking will be just as much of a detriment as it will be a help to her,” she continued. “If you can make 145 while you’re super juiced out, you can make 135 if you’re clean. If we did a catchweight of 140, I 100 percent think she’d just come in overweight and be like, ‘Whatever, come fight me.’ Want to know why? Because she’s done it several times before. She has a track record of doing these things. This girl does things that are blatantly disrespectful to her opponents, over and over and over her whole career. Someone needs to put their foot down about it. So, yeah, I’m going to be the one that has to do it because I can.”
Rousey also emphasized the importance of the bout taking place, saying it could not only be one of the biggest fights on the female side of MMA but the sport as a whole.
“I think if it was done right and it was done correctly, you could have people watching that fight that have never seen a single MMA fight before. Lots of them. I think it could be the biggest MMA fight of all-time,” she concluded. “I’m serious. Think about it. Every MMA fan will watch, and a whole bunch of other people that aren’t even the least bit interested in MMA would watch.”
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