Talk about a tilt between UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and Invicta FC featherweight title-holder Cris Justino has died down over the past half-year since it was determined neither woman was willing to give the other an inch where weight-class was concerned. Despite the relative silence, Rousey hasn’t fully dismissed the idea of the match-up eventually materializing. Of course, she isn’t holding her breath either and has plenty of other options to keep herself occupied with she sees as superior to chasing the clash.
“I mean yeah, she’s always on my radar. But I have a really, really full plate and she has nothing to worry about but me,” responded Rousey to ESPN when asked about Justino. “I have a lot of things going on. She’s fighting random chicks. I mean, Marloes Coenen – it took her longer and more energy to beat Marloes than it took Miesha Tate.”
Tate, who Rousey will face as an opposing coach on the Ultimate Fighter 18 before a title-defense in December, beat Coenen under the Strikeforce banner 59 seconds faster than “Cyborg” did earlier this month. Of course, Justino also finished Coenen a full round earlier when the two originally tussled in 2010.
Though the 7-0 Rousey clearly isn’t itching to challenge “Cyborg”, she doesn’t think the general fanbase care all that much either.
“It’s only the MMA diehards that want to see that fight,” said Rousey. “I have so many things going on. If she really wants to make that fight happen, I’m here.”
Rousey used to compete at 145 pounds where Justino currently resides but has previously stated she isn’t interested in giving any advantages away, especially in the case of a competitor who has tested positive for PEDs and claims to be too muscular to slim down to bantamweight.