How will a matchup happen between Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos when the two fighters are weight divisions apart? According to Strikeforce commentator Pat Miletich, Rousey has the leverage which means Cyborg needs to reduce weight.
Last Saturday, Rousey was able to defend her 135 – pound Strikeforce title against Sarah Kaufman with her favorite and signature move, the arm bar. She managed to take down Kaufman in just a matter of seconds of round 1. After Rousey’s impressive victory, she challenged Santos, the promotion’s former 145 – pound champion; Rousey challenged the Cyborg to meet her at 135 but in response, Santos invited her to move up to 145.
Miletich was interviewed by the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show and he said: “With Cyborg saying she’s not going to drop down to 135 to fight Rousey, she’s not in the driver’s seat anymore.” He adds: “Ronda Rousey is in the driver’s seat. She’s the star of women’s MMA and she can kind of call the shots. If Cyborg wants the fight, well, she’d better start cutting some weight.”
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is a featherweight fighter from Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. She has an equally impressive 10 wins and only one loss in her career. Her recent fight was no contest decision against Hiroko Yamanaka in Strikeforce “Melendez versus Masvidal” in December 2011. Her only loss was to Erica Paes at the beginning of her career as a pro in Showfight 2. She was suspended for a year for a positive steroid test and as she was resting on the sidelines, Rousey has managed to shine at the spotlight.
Miletich talks more about Rousey: “She’s wrecking girls that are pretty much the best they can find, the best girls out there, and she’s toying with all of them,” He adds: “She’s unique. She stands above, just like an Anderson Silva who’s toying with people and wrecking them. Watching the artistry of it all, she’s a unique a unique individual and people will pay to see it.”
But Miletich cites some problems in the Cyborg versus Rowdy match up, Santos may give Rousey huge problems. She is a big fighter and is seen as strong and dangerous on her feet. There is of course one thing that she must never forget and that is to stay standing because if she fails, Rousey will be there to stop her. “You know what Ronda Rousey’s going to do. You know what her goal is and you’ve got to be good enough to stop it. That’s just as plain as it gets.”