Rousey Says She Could Fight Santos at 145 lbs

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Champion Ronda Rousey says that she could fight Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos at 145 pounds however she says that she does not need to do so. When interviewed by Sherdog Radio Network’s “It’s Time” Show with Bruce Buffer, Rousey says that Santos does not really have other options available besides her. “I think she’s a victim of her own cheating, whereas when she was doped up and she looked like she was so head – over- heels above all these girls, it made the women’s division look bad. Then she cleaned out her own division because of that.” Rousey further added: “Now she’s having to deal with the consequences of it. No one’s going to want to fight a cheater. I’m pretty much her only option and I’m chock full of options.”

Cristiane Santos has never fought since she failed a steroid test last year; she is ending a year’s suspension. Cyborg was also stripped of her 145 – pound title at Strikeforce. On the other hand, Rousey has risen to fame with a perfect fight card of 6 wins and no losses. She has defeated impressive female fighters like Charmaine Tweet, Sarah D’Alelio, Julia Budd, Miesha Tate and Ediene Gomes. Her most recent win was against Sarah Kaufman in a headliner at fight last August 18, 2012. “Rowdy” is famous for her trademark submission arm bar move that can tackle down any opponent under a minute of round one. She is Strikeforce’s 135 –pound champion and has challenged Santos to cut some weight and face her however the later responded by inviting Rousey to move up to 145 pounds for a match up.

Rousey admits that she had no problems before when she fought at 145 – pounds before. “I could, but I’m choosing not to because honestly. I don’t trust any of the drug testing. I’ve been doing this a very, very long time and I was in the Olympics with the most stringent drug testing in the world. You know a lot of those people are doping. There’s new advances in drug testing every single year because people find new ways to cheat.” She also added: “The only way I can really feel like it would be a fair fight is if it’s down at 135. If she’s doped to the gills and making 145, it’s not really that farfetched for me to think that someone not on steroids could move down a division.”

Rousey somewhat sees that a fight at 135 would give Cyborg a chance to redeem herself and is waiting for the latter’s acceptance any day.