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Cris Cyborg’s Doctor Declares Her Unfit to Drop to 135, Ronda Rousey’s Manager Calls Bullshit

(Cris Cyborg: The Madonna of MMA. / Photo via Strikeforce)

With women’s 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey and former 145-pound champ Cris Cyborg still split on which weight they would meet at for their fantasyland matchup, Cyborg has pulled the old “doctor’s note” move. Members of the Cyborg camp told MMAWeekly yesterday that the dynamic Brazilian striker — who is still serving out her one-year steroid suspension — met with her doctors recently, and was informed that a cut to 135 pounds wouldn’t be safe:

Her cardiologist stated emphatically that he would not sign off on a move down a weight class based on her current health. The dangers to her body could also prohibit Santos from carrying a child later in life, and according to her camp, that was a risk the former Strikeforce champion was unwilling to make for any fight. Santos’ walking around weight currently hovers around 160lbs and the 25lb cut would just be too much for her body according to her doctors.

I mean…Cyborg looks like she could probably cut 10 pounds in excess back-muscle alone, but hey, I’m no doctor — I’m only a humble Female Body Inspector. In response, Rousey’s manager Darin Harvey pointed out the obvious:

“If you ask five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions. I guarantee you, you can find doctors that’ll say the weight cut will be fine…. It all depends on what side they’re working for. It’s her doctor. If you’re going to trial, I can find a professional witness to make you look innocent or make you look guilty…. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt long-term … but my personal belief is she can lose the weight. She would just prefer an advantage to fight at 145 pounds. And I think we have the advantage at 135…

We want that fight because it’s a big money fight. We want to fight Cyborg and I think Ronda can beat her at any weight. But I believe if she’s not taking drugs, 135 pounds will be absolutely no problem…. At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda. I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see. I think it’s a million-plus Pay-Per-View fight, so we have to take those things into consideration.”

Well, “a million-plus buys may be a cute little exaggeration, but Harvey makes a valid point, and Cyborg doesn’t have a leg to stand on in this argument. Between the two fighters, Ronda is the only one with a title belt, and Ronda is the only one that Dana White is seemingly interested in doing business with. Meanwhile, Cyborg is a disgraced steroid cheat who will need to accept the fight on Ronda’s terms for the right to redeem herself.

So do the right thing, Cris: Hire Mike Dolce, alter your workouts a bit to shed some muscle, and do whatever it takes to set up the UFC’s first women’s title fight, at a weight where a belt already exists. It might suck, but it’s what you need to do to stay relevant. You’re in Rondaland, now.

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mma4ever- November 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Just clip the tip and she should be good to go i see rousey armbaring the borg wit a illegal camel toe grip to the elbow
Capital- November 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm
This just proves she´s still on roids
holeeball- November 15, 2012 at 6:38 am
Pretty girl Rousey! Maybe she can hook up with Gina in the movie biz once Cyborg's done with her.
OPIO- November 15, 2012 at 5:01 am
Pen Fifteen- November 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Good job pretending like Rousey has any other relevant competitors at 135 or any other class. The only fight anyone gives a shit about is Rousey-Cyborg. They both need each other. Rhonda has fought at 145 before (after having done judo at 154), whereas Cyborg has never made 135. It's not super confusing.
teep- November 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm
What JoseMonkey said. Plus there are surrogates for that anyway.
skeletor- November 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Look, WMMA is Shit we all know that. Ronda is hot and marketable and that is one of the reasons DW has a boner for her. Even if this fight did happen it would prove nothing for Cyborg if she won. She would still be placed on the prelims or Facebook while Ronda got main card fights against less talented better looking woman.
Fried Taco- November 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm
I say throw her in with the Featherweights, and Ronda with the Bantamweights. Women have been fighting for equality all these years, including the recent election, so let them fight equally as well! We will definitely see a lot more bitch slaps then.
nickyroose- November 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Seems like everyone wants to shit on Cyborg because she's not hot. I don't care the looks I care about the fight. Rhousey is talking out of her ass. I'm sorry Rhousey is a big deal right now but no one who saw Cyborg steamroll Carano is gonna say she gets handled by Rhousey. Rhousey is big for her class and bears down on opponents. As does Cyborg, except Cyborg is twice Rhousey's size at 145. At 135 she could win if Cyborg is too tired to get up. Other than that why not just get real have the fight at 140 and watch Cyborg fucking destroy this fucking no class loudmouth Rhousey. She has skills but fights primarily undersized opponents and talks likes she's god's balls. Cyborg may be a cheater etc., but at least hse has class not to disrespect and opponent she just finished kicking the shit out of.

Ayone wants to put money on Rhousey at 140 I gladly take all bets.
Sopapo- November 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm
Why is the doctor talking about an impossible weight cut when she clearly needs to cut some muscle in the first place. It's like a doctor saying its impossible for Overeem to cut to LH. It's obviously impossible and extremaly dangerous to do it by cutting water and fat only....
ArmFarmer- November 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm
If we are talking in those terms, masliar, I'd crown tate the champion. They are both too manly for my taste.
masliar3- November 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm
Tate!!!! I would drag my dick across 50 miles of rusty razor blades just to hear her piss in a tin can over the telephone
masliar3- November 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm
Listen, I get it Rousey is tuff. But there is no way she can beat Cyborg. First off Cyborg may be a man. Rousey is going to be a fluke. Listen I looovveee the ladies but womens mma is a fluke I know everyone is thinking it and I'm typing it. womens mma..... DON'T CARRREEEE! Now if this was a who would most people bang first well my guess is most people would go Rousey(I hope) but as for if they ever fight I will take Cyborg via halfman choke
angry little feet- November 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm
I always just assumed Cyborg was some sort of Alien Queen spawn. I'm moderately surprised to learn she has a reproductive system.
El Guapo- November 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Neuter shim/herm. That's a good couple pounds of cajones... BALLS!(for our non espanish espeakers)... right there.
ArmFarmer- November 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm
We'll see how relevant either of them are when they have no one to fight. For someone that says she can beat up dudes and acts like she's god's gift to fighting.. Ronda sure makes a big fuss over a few pounds. Why don't we just leave women out of the ufc until we have a real top 10 list instead of just a list of 10.
JoseMonkey- November 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Oh, that's rich - Cyborg says she doesn't want to jeopardize her ability to have a baby in the future. Good thing she hasn't ever done anything like -- I dunno, steroids? -- in the past which could permanently affect her ability to conceive and carry a child to term.