With the reported signing to the UFC of both Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate in the last week, heads immediately turned to the suspended Cris “Cyborg” Santos as to whether she’ll be next. However, earlier this week her camp came out and said she’s been advised not to attempt to cut down to Rousey and Tate’s 135lbs. weight class, jeopardizing her chances of appearing in the UFC any time soon.
With this news, Ronda Rousey’s camp have responded, saying they pretty much aren’t buying it:
“If you ask five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions,” said Darin Harvey, Rousey’s manager. “I guarantee you, you can find doctors that will say the weight cut will be fine.”
“It all depends on what side they’re working for. It’s her doctor. If you’re going to trial, I can find a professional witness to make you look innocent or make you look guilty.”
Harvey went on to somewhat empathize with “Cyborg”, saying they don’t want to see her jeopardizing her career long-term, and that it’s all about who gets the weight-class advantage.
“I don’t want to see anyone get hurt long-term … but my personal belief is she can lose the weight. She would just prefer an advantage to fight at 145lbs. And I think we [Rousey] will have the advantage at 135.”
“At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda,” said Harvey regarding Rousey moving up in weight to fight Santos. “I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135lbs., but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see. I think it’s a million-plus pay-per-view fight, so we have to take those things into consideration.”
What’s clear is that this potential bout is the female equivalent of the touted super-fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, with both having just as many hurdles to overcome as the other if we’re to see them come to fruition.