Dana White isn’t ruling out Rousey vs. Cyborg, but he isn’t guaranteeing it either.
The UFC president recently talked to Combate about the potential blockbuster fight between Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg, real name Cristiane Justino. But there are a number of factors that need to be considered before that fight happens.
"I think in a perfect world, what everybody would love to see is Ronda vs. Cyborg, so everybody is waiting — I'm sure Cyborg is, too — is the return of Ronda Rousey. When she does return, I'm sure [Rousey is] gonna want to fight for the title, probably defend it and then maybe fight Cyborg. I don't know. We'll see how this thing plays out," White said.
The Rousey Cyborg fight rumors continued to grow last year when Cyborg signed with the UFC. While it seemed inevitable the fight would happen, the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion ended up fighting Holly Holm at UFC 193, who shockingly defeated Rousey.
"Cyborg is a huge star in the sport of mixed martial arts and in women's MMA. She mows people over very quickly and very violently. People are waiting to see her get challenged, and we're trying to challenge her,” White said.
While Cyborg wants to fight Rousey, White made it clear that there are other opponents he thought could challenge the 31 year old Brazilian fighter.
"The dream fight for Cyborg is obviously the Ronda Rousey fight, but there's other big names out there like Miesha Tate, Holly Holm and possibly — and I know Brazilians don't like seeing Brazilians fight — but possibly Amanda Nunes."
Cyborg will fight Lina Lansberg Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 95 from Brasilia, Brazil.