When the female ‘super-fight’ of Ronda Rousey versus Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino was negotiated for the debut of women in the UFC at the 157 card, Cyborg’s camp explained that it was not happening due to her inability to cut down in weight, without risking her health and chance to bear children in the future. A new report has came out from SBNation/MMAFighting’s Mike Chiappetta, stating that the true reason the fight never took place was actually that the UFC’s offer was unappealing to Cyborg’s management.
“While (match weight) was at the center of most conversations in the media regarding the inability to make the Cyborg-Rousey fight, it was not the deal-breaker it’s been reported to be. During the ongoing negotiations, which lingered for about two months, the promotion agreed to pay for the services of a dieting and nutrition consultant like (Mike) Dolce. But there were other points that the two sides could not agree on. The biggest issue, according to Cyborg’s management firm Primetime 360, was Zuffa treating Cyborg as a bit player rather than an event co-star.”
It seems Tito Ortiz and his client are playing hard ball as they asked for the release from the UFC contract to compete in Invicta FC (for likely less). Talks of Cyborg’s return however have been ongoing. During her last fight, she came in a pound under her required 145 weight. With Justino looking more lean as of late — Santos has admitted that she doesn’t expect the weight cut to be a question much longer. Now if we can just get Tito and Dana to agree on salary.
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