If you ever happen to run into UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey on the street, it’s probably a good idea to avoid asking her about potentially colliding with Cristiane Santos if hoping to retain the function of both arms. Though Rousey isn’t opposed to seeing action against Santos under the right circumstances, she’s getting sick of answering questions about a fight with a foe she sees an undeserving on multiple levels.
Rousey recently spoke about “Cyborg” in a conversation with Bleacher Report where she said she’s currently focused on legitimate contenders, not those with backgrounds as shady as the Brazilian’s.
On rumors she turned down a tilt with Santos in Strikeforce:
“The only time I was offered a fight with Cris Cyborg was before I had my first amateur fight. I got a call saying they couldn’t find any opponents for Cyborg, do you want that fight? I’m like, ‘I haven’t even had my first amateur fight, what’s wrong with you people?’ That’s the only time I’ve ever heard of it when we were both at Strikeforce.”
“Nobody approached me about Cris at all in Strikeforce, but then after the Julia Budd fight, Cris was caught taking Stanozolol, or whatever steroid it was. It’s all bullsh*t.”
On Santos’ decision to stay at 145 pounds and fight in Invicta FC:
“(The UFC) told her they could bring her to her athletic potential at 135 and the UFC was going to pay for it. Everyone was down, but as soon as she switched management it never happened.”
“Really, I’m not concerned with her. I have so many things going on and she has nothing going on but me. So I’m going to do this season of TUF and have this fight. If she ever has enough sense to say, ‘I’m going to go for the only belt that really matters, or else I’m going to pretty much keep fighting on the Internet and fading into obscurity,’ she can come and fight me. But there are a lot of girls that deserve that shot that haven’t cheated. I’m not going to go chasing after Cyborg, she’s going to have to come to me.”
“She hasn’t had a recorded win in three years. Why are we even talking about this chick? She’s a f*cking cheater.”
SOURCE: Bleacher Report
PHOTO CREDIT: Strikeforce