There hasn’t been any shortage of excitement in the early stages of Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino’s UFC career. Other than making easy work of Leslie Smith at UFC 198 and Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night – this coming after a dominant fighting career elsewhere for nearly a decade – she has been forced to cut an absurd amount of weight before her fights because she isn’t accustomed to competing at 140 pounds.
The problem, of course, is the UFC currently promotes only two women’s divisions: Strawweight at 115 pounds and Bantamweight at 135 pounds. So unless Cyborg doesn’t want to continue fighting in the UFC, she doesn’t have much of a choice when it comes to the terms of her bouts.
However, that won’t stop Cyborg from pushing for change. While on FOX Sports’ Speak For Yourself on Thursday, Cyborg said that if she looked more like Ronda Rousey, the UFC would’ve likely set up a featherweight division for her by now. She also said she doesn’t feel sorry for her problems and that she’s in the UFC because of her fans and her love for the sport, but she made her feelings about it all pretty clear.
“I think about when I fought Gina Carano, if she won this fight, I think of course the UFC would already have my division (at) 145,” Cyborg said. “People are like ‘Why (do they) not have your division?’ Maybe because I don’t have blonde hair and blue eyes. I don’t know.”
That wasn’t the only jab Cyborg took at Rousey, either. Earlier in the day, she challenged Rousey to a fight during Super Bowl weekend with a lengthy post on Instagram in which she said she wants to “give the #bullybeatdown on Rousey for all the hurtful things she’s said about me and my family.” She then told Jason Whitlock she watched Rousey shadowbox, only to see the shadow win, and that Rousey would need surgery on her face if they ever fought.
Cyborg has made it clear she’ll do whatever it takes for an opportunity to fight Rousey, so it’s all on Rousey now.