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In a recent media scrum in Brazil, UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey didn’t have pleasant words when asked about a future fight with Invicta FC Featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.
Not only did Rousey disparage Cyborg’s skill, indicating that the only threat Cyborg poses is strength, but Rousey also disparaged her character.
“The reason why people dope is because they lack self-confidence. The reason why she (Cyborg) was using steroids is because that girl does not believe that the best that she has is good enough, and that will always be there in her mind. And you know what, she’s right. The best that she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs.” Said Rousey.
Cyborg got wind of the comment made by Rousey and recently responded to them.
“What she says means nothing to me. A person is visiting my country and trying to defame me with my fans to get attention shows you how uneducated she is. She’s a low-level person. She feels she has to step on someone in order to rise.
As always, (Rousey) is trying to pick her next opponent. She is running away from me and asking to fight Bethe (Correia). If she was so sure about everything she says, she would have already accepted to fight me like she accepted to fight Gina Carano at any weight, fight Cain Velasquez, (Floyd) Mayweather. Grow up, Ronda.
It’s funny she says I dishonored the sport and my country, but everybody wants to see me fight her. That might frustrate her. If you think about it, there are only a handful of people that have never fought in the UFC and are known worldwide. I’m proud to know that I never needed an event to promote me, and I never had to lie about anyone. I’m known worldwide for my talent and my team, Chute Boxe.” Said Cyborg.
Cyborg is expected to make her Bantamweight debut on an Invicta card sometime in December. [source]