Cris Cyborg changes mind, won’t drop to bantamweight to fight Ronda Rousey

Earlier this year, former Strikeforce featherweight champ Cristiane Santos (i.e. Cris Cyborg) implied she was using her mandated break from fighting to slim down to 135 pounds in hopes of a super-fight with bantamweight title-holder Ronda Rousey. However, it appears Cyborg no longer feels she can make the weight in a healthy way and has changed her mind about the move.

However, her stance remains the same in terms of wanting to fight Rousey who has criticized the hard-hitting Brazilian on numerous occasions, poking fun at both her masculine appearance and failed drug test.

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“I really wanna fight Ronda. I really want to. She says bad things about me. I never say bad things about my opponent. I want to do my best in the (ring), and if she says she wants to fight me, she can come to my weight or at 140,” said Cyborg on today’s episode of The MMA Hour. “She started at 145. And she’s running to 135. She’s running to not fight me. And after, she speaks a lot of s— about me. I want to fight her soon. I’m very excited to fight her. And when we’re in the (ring), we’ll see if she says anything. And if she says anything, I can punch her.”

Cyborg is currently sidelined until December 17 due to steroids being found in her system in a post-fight drug screening last year. The 26-year old denied having intentionally consumed anything illegal, though admitted she did use a supplement recommended by a trainer apparently containing Stanozolol.