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UFC champ Ronda Rousey: 'Cyborg' Justino will 'fall into obscurity without me'

Now that Rousey is the most dominant fighter in the world, let alone the most dominant female fighter, this past week she reiterated she has no intention of heading back up in weight to face “Cyborg.”
Former boxer Mike Tyson and UFC president Dana White watch UFC Bantamweight champion <a href='../fighter/Ronda-Rousey'>Ronda Rousey</a> during a media training session at the Glendale Fight Club on July 15, 2015 in Glendale, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Zuffa LLC)
Ronda Rousey has her next challenge queued up in less than two weeks.

For the first time in her MMA career, the dominant women’s bantamweight champion will venture outside the United States for a fight when she headlines UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1 on pay-per-view.

But even though Rousey (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) no doubt has Bethe Correia (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) squarely in her sights, it may be a while before the questions about Cristiane Justino stop coming her way.

“Cyborg” Justino (14-1), the Invicta FC featherweight champion, was also the 145-pound titleholder in Strikeforce. Rousey was a 145-pounder, but moved down to 135 four fights into her career.

Her critics, particularly from the “Cyborg” camp, say she dropped to 135 to avoid a matchup with Justino. But now that Rousey is the most dominant fighter in the world, let alone the most dominant female fighter, this past week she reiterated she has no intention of heading back up in weight to face “Cyborg.” Instead, as she has maintained for years now, Justino should have to come down to 135 to face her if that’s a fight she’s looking for.
 

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