Rousey Says She Could Fight Santos at 145 lbs

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.

Sarah Kaufman on Ronda Rousey’s Training Hype

Sarah Kaufman, bantamweight challenger thinks that people are underestimating her ability to snatch the title from Ronda Rousey. Rousey has been getting so much attention regarding her title defense match against Kaufman which made the later think that more and more fans are making a big deal of her training rather than the fight itself.

Kaufman was interviewed by Sherdog Radio Network “Beatdown” Show and she said: “They’re forgetting that I had the Strikeforce title. They’re almost looking at it like, oh, I have no fights and I’m just some scrub who’s getting in the cage and I’m going to get killed in five seconds. You know, Ronda’s only had five fights. Looking at that, on paper you would think that I would actually have the advantage but people are clearly on the Ronda hype train, and hype changes how people perceive fights.

Ronda Rousey’s fame is certainly unexpected. She is a bronze medalist in judo at the 2008 Olympics and she became Strikeforce Champion in just a matter of five fights. Meisha Tate even loss to Rousey in March. She was all over town with so many advertisements and promotions before the fight like photo shoots for leading sports network and magazine edition called “The Body Issue”. She even had a special appearance at Conan O’Brien Show on TBS.

But when is extra media too much? “Ronda has done, and been able to do, a lot of really good things when it comes to extra media and things that get people talking” Kaufman replied. “ESPN Body Issue and ringing the bell [at the New York Stock Exchange] there’s just a lot of things happening that should get coverage and I’m glad they have gotten coverage.” Kaufman however admitted that she is actually winning to spar with Rousey verbally but she says that this is really not her style.

“I’m trying to hype the fight in a way that I deem  appropriate for myself.” Kaufman also mentions that although a fight needs to be hyped, there is no need to make up something and engage in a word battle. “I’m the former champion, lost my one fight. I’m really looking at this as I’m coming back… If people want to kind of overlook me and think that I’m just going to get stepped on really fast, that’s great for me because I’m considered an underdog and who doesn’t like being an underdog?”


Sarah Kaufman On Miesha tate, Ronda Rousey And Title Shot

Former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman talks about getting a chance to earn back her title, the rise of Ronda Rousey and a possible future for woman’s MMA after Strikeforce.