The dream match-up between female bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and former featherweight champ Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino is looking to be more plausible as of late. Recent rumors that the two have agreed to the bout were backed up by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker hinting at the likelihood of the match-up, as Justino prepares to returns from suspension in December.
“That fight, believe me, is something I think should happen,” Coker said. “I think it’s something that will happen. And when Cyborg gets off suspension, the conversation is going to get very, very real about putting that fight together because I think that’s the fight everyone wants to see.“
With the possibility of the match-up still at least four months away, the current champ would like to stay busy as she is yet to break a sweat in the cage.
“I’m sure Ronda would like to fight before that,” Coker on Thursday told MMAjunkie. “She barely broke a sweat in her last fight. It’s something where she’s been dominant and she’s going to want to fight, I think, before Cyborg can actually get back in the cage off the suspension.”
The challenger to step up in the meanwhile could be anyone’s guess at this point. Fans were excited by the news of fellow undefeated, Olympian medalist (in wrestling) Sara McMann being signed to Strikeforce, however disappointed when McMann admitted on ‘The MMA Hour‘ that she did not want the immediate title shot.
“That’s something we’re working on internally,” Coker said. “We haven’t flushed it out 100 percent because Ronda just fought. We’re going to have some serious conversations about the next move. But my feeling is she’s going to want to compete before Cyborg is able to compete.”