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Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg, says she is not good enough even with steroids

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Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino have long been rivals in the MMA world despite never facing each other.

Cyborg dominated the Strikeforce women’s featherweight division from 2009-2010 before Rousey took over in 2011. The Brazilian fighter, who is 12-1 (with one no contest) in her pro MMA career, tested positive for steroids following her Dec. 17, 2011 win over Hiroko Yamanaka. She disappeared for a year and a half while she cleaned up, giving Rousey the chance to take over as the biggest name in the sport.

Rousey became the face of women’s MMA and ran through her competition to the point that many have called for her to fight Cyborg. Though Rousey is not afraid to fight Justino, she is always more than willing to rip the cheater. Two years ago, Rousey said that Cyborg was a dick and has a dick. In April, she called Cyborg an “it.

Rousey spoke with the Brazilian media in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday and took some time to lay into Cyborg again. Rousey said she would be willing to fight Cyborg but says the steroids user’s only strength as a fighter is her strength, which is obtained through unnatural means.

“She was fighting, it was a while ago, and she just got dropped five times in a match. And really, to be honest, I haven’t been really too impressed with her actual skill set,” Rousey said via MMAFighting.com. “It’s only her strength that she draws off.”

Rousey then went on to say that Cyborg is not technically proficient as a fighter.

“The mistakes that she makes technically are absolutely terrible and basic. The only reason why she gets away with it is because of her strength, and people don’t realize how strong I actually am. Ask the girls that I’ve fought. They weren’t expecting this. Because I don’t look like it, it doesn’t mean I don’t have it.

“She doesn’t have any feeling in her punches, she pushes her punches. She can’t knock people out with one punch, she just overwhelms them,” she added. “My pace, nobody can overwhelm me. And the way that she is on the ground, it’s absolute horrendous. And her distance is absolute horrendous. The only thing that she has is pace and power, and I have pace, precision and power.”

Rousey also said Cyborg was going to fight in the UFC but bailed as soon as she found out fighters would be subjected to random drug testing. Rousey believes Cyborg has avoided dropping down from 145 pounds to 135 because she knows it would be difficult to dope and drop the weight.

Even though Rousey knows many people will cheat, she says she will always be clean and it will feel more satisfying to beat them despite being at a disadvantage.

“The reason why people dope is because they lack self-confidence. The reason why [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.”

“You know what, you can have every advantage in the world over me, you can have better funding, you can have a better program, be on all the drugs in the world, but I’m gonna be good enough to beat you despite of it.”

Rousey has a big mouth and people dislike her for that, but it’s hard not to love those comments. How can you not root for someone with that attitude?

[Also see: Whom will Ronda Rousey fight next?]

Ronda Rousey to fight Cat Zingano or Bethe Correia next?

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UFC boss Dana White is still angling for Ronda Rousey to face Gina Carano next, but another candidate has entered the mix for a shot at the champion.

Bethe Correia beat Rousey’s buddy Shayna Baszler convincingly at UFC 177 on Saturday night in Sacramento and called out Rousey in her post-fight interview.

“I want to have a shot at Ronda at some point,” Correia said through an interpreter after the fight, according to the LA Times.

Rousey was fired up after hearing that Correia wants a piece of her. She immediately texted White.

“As soon as [Correia] started talking, Ronda texted me and said, ‘I want that fight. I want it before somebody else beats her,’ ” White said. “I said, ‘Calm down lady.’ ”

[Also see: Rousey wanted by WWE?]

Correia is now 9-0 (3-0 in the UFC) and is on the short list of candidates to fight Rousey. White is still hoping to sign Carano to the organization and have her fight Rousey next. He spoke with the media about his attempts to sign the fighter-turned-actress.

“It’s still complicated … but we’re so close. There’s like a couple of minor issues and then we’ll be done,” said White.

When asked if Carano would be signed by the end of the year, White answered confidently, saying, “Oh yeah.”

[Related: Rousey says Carano is worst style matchup for her]

If the UFC isn’t able to sign Carano, White says Cat Zingano would be next for Rousey. Zingano beat Miesha Tate in April, 2013 to earn a shot at Rousey. However, Zingano hurt her knee and needed surgery, so Tate replaced her and lost to Rousey for the second time. Zingano (8-0) is still looking for her first shot at Rousey.

But White says Correia is in the mix, especially after what she did on Saturday.

“I don’t think Bethe moves up because of the rivalry; I think Bethe moves up because of what she did tonight,” White said via MMA Junkie. “That was crazy. The punches she hit (Baszler) with, I haven’t seen anything like that since (Phil) Baroni (versus) (Dave) Menne. She looked good tonight. That’s what’s going to get her a fight with Rousey.”

Below are some video highlights from Correia’s win:

Ronda Rousey reportedly wanted by WWE

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey has a lot more going on in her life at the moment than just mixed martial arts. The undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion has launched her acting career with “The Expendables 3″ and “Fast & Furious 7.” Might she also be working with the WWE in the near future?

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, WWE is reportedly preparing an offer for Rousey to get her to appear in an upcoming pay-per-view event. Here are the details of the subscription-only report, courtesy of Fansided:

Following her enjoyable visit to WWE’s SummerSlam show in Los Angeles on August 17th, The Wrestling Observer says that the company is more interested than ever in doing business with the mixed martial artist.

Her time at and around the Staples Center earlier this month – specifically her interactions with Stephanie McMahon – opened a lot of eyes to the champ and her potential value to WWE. Combine that with her role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3, a film that disappointed at the box office but which featured WWE-friendly celebs like Sly and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and suddenly Rousey became a figure of great interest to WWE brass.

The Observer believes the company will be making her an offer to do something for them on television and/or pay-per-view (PPV) very soon.

Rousey has quickly become more than just an MMA fighter. She’s a full-blown celebrity, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the McMahon family try to cash in on her fame. As Fansided reminds us, Stephanie McMahon flashed the “Four Horsewomen” hand gesture toward Rousey when she was sitting ringside at Summerslam. Rousey proudly flashed it back.

I’m sure it’ll happen at some point. Rousey wouldn’t be the first athlete to jump between the WWE and UFC, and she has been open about her desire to become a successful actress. As The Rock could tell you, WWE can certainly help with that.

H/T Black Sports Online

Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano is worst style matchup for me

Gina CaranoMost fans, pundits and observers feel like Gina Carano would hardly present a challenge to Ronda Rousey were the two to meet in the octagon. Rousey feels otherwise.

There has been a lot of talk about the two women squaring off against each other in a fight even though Carano hasn’t fought since 2009 and isn’t even part of the UFC. UFC boss Dana White is working on signing Carano, who is said to have interest in fighting.

Rousey maintains that Carano would present a huge challenge for her.

“Gina is the worst style matchup for me possible,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “She’s the only girl that I feel like has the best feeling and the best sense of distance.

“There are very few women that have had one-punch knockout power. There are other girls that they overwhelm the other person. They get TKOs and stuff like that. But Gina has one-punch knockout power, and that’s the kind of person that I have to be the most cautious of. That’s the style that’s the worst for me, and ever since the beginning, I’ve been positive that Gina is the worst style matchup for me.”

Well, when you put it that way, anyone who has one-punch knockout power poses a threat as an opponent. But as much as Rousey has been dominating and as long as Carano has been out of the game, the chance of Gina landing against Rousey is very small.

Rousey also has her eye on the UFC 182 card on Jan. 3. She says she wants to co-headline with Jon Jones, who will be facing Daniel Cormier on that card. White initially said they would fight in December if Carano signed with the organization, but that was over a month ago.

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Is that because Carano would need more time to prepare for the fight? Rousey believes Gina already is ready.

“She’s already been training for months and months and months. I think she’s already started quite a while ago, and she only has me in mind, and so I expect that she’s going to be extremely prepared and a very dangerous opponent despite what other people would like to speculate.”

[Related - Miesha Tate: Gina Carano fighting Ronda Rousey is a joke]

Even if Carano has been training — and we agree she probably has — training and fighting are two different things. Carano hasn’t had a fight in five years. Ring rust is a legitimate issue. Carano will definitely be battling that if she does agree to fight Rousey.

Ronda Rousey compares herself to Mike Tyson

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey doesn’t just beat her opponents, she dominates them. The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has won all 10 of her UFC fights by knockout, with nine of the wins coming in the first round. Her most recent fight lasted just 16 seconds. Does Rousey’s ferocity remind you of a certain famous boxer?

Some have argued that Rousey’s dominance is bad for women’s mixed martial arts, as people will become bored if she is not challenged. When discussing that issue recently, Rousey pointed out that no one got bored with Mike Tyson.

“Mike Tyson had some serious competition too, don’t forget. It wasn’t always easy,” Rousey told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. “People knew from those fights to get there immediately. You never know what’s going to happen in one of my fights, either. That’s the advantage I have over my opponents and what draws the fans in so much. From the second my fight starts to the second it’s over, nobody sits down.”

[WATCH: Ronda Rousey knocks out Alexis Davis in 16 seconds]

UFC boss Dana White shared some similar thoughts, also comparing Rousey’s fights to Tyson’s.

“(That’s) like saying they should have had some better fights for Mike Tyson,” White said. “The Tyson era was one of the most awesome eras in boxing history.

“You hear Ronda Rousey’s last fight went 16 seconds and you’re like, ‘Sixteen seconds?’ But what she did in those 16 seconds was un … believable. For 16 seconds, she traded punches, knocked [Alexis Davis] out with one, caught her under her arm, kneed her to the stomach, threw her and then hit her with about 15 punches. That all happened in 16 seconds.”

Tyson won 50 of his 58 fights, and 44 of those wins came via knockout. Rousey has a long way to go before she can be compared to one of the greatest champions of all time, but we see the point. UFC fans boo mercilessly when fighters dance around for 15 minutes before making an actual attempt to hit their opponent or take them down. Complaining about Rousey’s dominance makes no sense.

Ronda Rousey: ‘I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world’

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey still dominates opponents with little effort in the octagon, but mixed martial arts is not the only thing on the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion’s mind. Rousey has been open about her passion for acting, which she discovered with her role as Luna in “The Expendables 3.” But the 27-year-old doesn’t want to be known as a fighter who has been in movies. Eventually, Rousey hopes to be a well-known and respected actress.

“I didn’t grow up wanting to be an action star,” she recently told ESPN the Magazine. “I just didn’t think it was in the cards. Now that it’s a possibility, I’m like, “Screw it, I don’t give a s—, if The Rock can become the world’s highest-grossing actor, I can have that same goal.” I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world someday.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who gained his fame through professional wrestling, was the top-grossing actor of 2013 after his movies — including “Fast & Furious 6″ — raked in $1.3 billion globally. The Rock was second behind Robert Downey Jr. on the same list in Forbes this year.

Rousey still has a contract with Dana White and UFC and could end up fighting Gina Carano in what would be one of the most-watched female MMA fights of all time. Despite that, she said she did many of her own stunts in “The Expendables 3.”

“I did all of my own stunts, except for a couple of falls,” she explained. “I had a fight that December, so Dana White wouldn’t let me do anything too dangerous, but nobody else could do a lot of those fight scenes, so it fell to me. I’m an adrenaline junkie, and I love jumping off of stuff, so they promised to let me do my own falls if I don’t have a fight next time.”

In addition to “The Expendables 3,” Rousey also has roles in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 7″ and “Entourage.” She has already put together a fairly impressive resume. I doubt Rousey will ever be the highest-grossing actor in Hollywood, but a full-time acting career is a definite possibility after she is done fighting.

H/T MMA Junkie

Holly Holm: Gina Carano has earned shot at Ronda Rousey

Gina CaranoGina Carano has not fought for over five years, but she will still get a title shot at Ronda Rousey upon signing with the UFC, company boss Dana White has said.

Many people feel like Carano is undeserving of a title shot because of her long layoff. Miesha Tate, who has lost to Rousey twice, is one of those people. I feel similarly and don’t think Carano should be fighting Rousey without winning one tuneup fight first.

Holly Holm, who recently signed with the UFC to provide more competition in the women’s bantamweight division, shared her thoughts on the matter and seems to be fine with Carano getting the shot at Rousey.

[Also see - Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano had a fantastic rack]

“Carano has been on the big show before, so she can handle the pressure,” Holm wrote in a chat on ESPN.com. “There are a lot of girls who have been working hard for a shot who might deserve it a little more than someone who has been out that long, but Carano has put a lot of time in before. She’s earned her spot in certain ways. Who am I to say Carano is undeserving of an opportunity? I’ll let the promoter make those decisions.”

That’s a pretty politically correct answer from Holm. She’s a new fighter in the organization and isn’t about to make enemies with White before she’s even had a fight. Even though she’s saying one thing, it seems that she still has some reservations, as she should. How can anyone expect Carano to hang with Rousey after over a five-year absence? Washington Wizards Michael Jordan thinks that will be a challenge.

Previously: Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey to fight in December if Carano signs