It is very rare that the biggest rivalry in sports is between two people that have never fought each other. They’ve never defeated someone that was close to the other person. Heck, they may never even share the same cage. But such is the case between Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino, champions in the UFC and Invicta, respectively.
From tweets and Facebook posts to interviews with the media, Rousey and Justino have displayed high levels of animosity towards one another. The kind of animosity that is indicative of the type of behavior shown by rivals of sports such as MMA.
Rousey, who was recently interviewed by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, had some more choice words for Justino. Just when it seemed like we were all beginning to look beyond Justino’s 2012 suspension due to testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, Rousey quickly pointed out that she believes that Justino is a life-long steroid user.
I’ve said before, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I’ll fight her, but that’s just my personal decision. But I can’t make a decision for the whole division. I can’t say it’s the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and has been injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.
Fans on both sides of the spectrum have debated whether Justino is a benefit to the sport or a detriment. Justino supporters claim that her steroid use was a thing of the past and that she is no longer using it. Those that argue vehemently against Justino, are quick to point out her physique.
Ronda Rousey’s fear is that her beating “Cyborg” does nothing to rid the UFC of the problems that come with association with the Invicta champion. Rousey also feels as though Cyborg could damage the sport, particularly the women’s side of MMA.
If she comes in the UFC and I beat the [expletive] out of her and then I retire and become an action movie star, then the UFC is still going to be stuck with her. The division could die. She could ruin the whole sport. Even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if I beat the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.
Izzy’s Input: I am truly sick to death of all this bickering between the two biggest names in women’s MMA. Look, I have no illusions about there being role models in the sport. Truth be told, there probably aren’t many. However, if you are a champion of a major organization and have the responsibility of building up the division, why not act accordingly? The more Ronda Rousey and Cris Justino engage in trash talk, the less likely I am to be interested, should this fight ever be made. Not to mention the fact that, with her harsh words, Rousey could be asking for a defamation lawsuit from Justino. It is this writers’ opinion that these fighters should either sign on the dotted line or remain quiet concerning questions asked about each other. With every interview or statement, Rousey and Justino dig a bigger hole, the kind that they may never get out from.