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Potential Superfight Alert: Cris Cyborg Is Willing to Fight Fallon Fox

If George Shunick’s piece on Fallox Fox and transgender athletes in MMA proved anything to me, it’s that – regardless of whether you agree with Joe Rogan’s stance on the issue (or how he chose to express that stance) – Cris Cyborg vs. Fallon Fox is a fight that FANS NEED TO SEE DAMMIT. One fighter is arguably the most devastating female in MMA, yet is also constantly accused of being a man. The other fighter is undefeated, used to literally be a man, and now calls herself “The Queen of Swords” because of course she calls herself that. In fact, I’m willing to write that Cris Cyborg vs. Fallon Fox – if it were to happen - would go down as the single greatest superfight in the history of MMA, because hyperbole is a pretty rad figure of speech that we don’t use nearly enough around here.

Well, good news, fight fans: Cyborg took a break from preparing to sacrifice Fiona Muxlow to ensure a good harvest and delivering completely pointless trash talk against Ronda Rousey to offer her two cents on Fallon Fox. As ESPN’s Josh Gross recently wrote:

“She wants to be a girl. I don’t agree,” said Santos, who for the first time in almost a year and half will return to fighting on April 5. “I think you’re born a girl, you’re a girl. You’re born a guy, you’re a guy. But I don’t choose opponents. The commission needs to check and make sure she doesn’t have testosterone.

“I’m not going to judge other people. If the commission says she can fight, why not?”

The 27-year-old Strikeforce champion tested positive for steroids following her 16-second demolition of Hiroko Yamanaka in December 2011, so that quote will inspire contempt in some people. But that’s nothing new for Santos. Because of her muscular build and aggressive fighting style, she’s been subjected to cruel, crude name calling throughout her career. She said she understands what Fox must be going through in a world in which everyone with an opinion can have access to the people they’re opining about via social media.

“People tell me on Twitter: ‘I think you have a d—.’ A lot of bad things, they say. I think people have a small mind,” Santos said.

“They don’t think a girl can punch hard like a man. I think people are ignorant. People are stupid. I don’t want to be the same as people who do that.”

Far be it from me to try to make sense out of the “make sure she doesn’t have testosterone” comment. My small mind was blown at the very notion that Cris Cyborg vs. Fallon Fox may totally happen, provided that everyone can agree on a weight class. Considering that they both fight at featherweight, this shouldn’t be too hard.

Naturally, once Cyborg expressed her willingness to fight The Queen of Swords, she returned to her regular schedule of wrestling, sparring and accusing Ronda Rousey of being protected from her by the powers that be. As she told Bleacher Report:

“I don’t want to talk trash about somebody, I want to prove it inside the cage. When she was in my weight class she said ‘I want to fight Cris Cyborg’ and when I had my last fight against Hiroko (Yamanaka) I talked to Sean Shelby, the matchmaker at Strikeforce, and I said ‘I want Ronda next.’ He said ‘no, she’s not ready for you’ and after that fight she’s talking bad about me but you guys protected her,” Santos revealed in an interview with Bleacher Report

“Because after my fight I told them I want to fight her and they said no she’s not ready for you.”

“She fought at 154 (pounds) in Judo, and I think who is running? It’s not me. I fight at 145, she fought at 145, who’s running from this fight? Not me,” said Cyborg. “People need to see the fact to see who’s running.”

The woman who refused to sign with the UFC is the person not running from this fight. Sure, why not? Normally, I’d mean that in the most sarcastic way possible, but since Cyborg vs. Fox would never, ever happen in the UFC, I’ll just accept those comments at face value and move on.

Now the only question is whether or not Fox is willing to step up and fight Cyborg. Will that happen or not, Potato Nation? And who would win this hypothetical superfight?


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ArmFarmer- March 26, 2013 at 6:57 am
Also, it's insulting to the entire sport and everyone involved to call this a superfight. This is a freakshow fight.. Why does the headline say superfight? It's like every day I come to cagepotato im disappointed a little more. I honestly dont know why I, or anyone else for that matter, am even coming back here after and article was posted that defended a man knocking out women for money... Think about that for a minute.
ArmFarmer- March 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm
Can everyone please stop using "she" and "her" when talking about fallon fox? Youre just encouraging him. Sticking feathers in your butt does not make you a chicken.
2Dogs- March 26, 2013 at 1:43 am
2Dogs- March 25, 2013 at 3:32 am
I think somewhere Fallon Fox is shitting her pants...I would.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm
@ whymakeboyscry

I don't actually beat anybody. It's inconsiderate and uncalled for. Can't we all just get along?
imakeboyscry- March 24, 2013 at 8:46 am
Mr_Misanthropy Great minds think alike. I only beat men down in the cage or in bed or if they just piss me off
RE: I only beat women when they mouth off. Or when I’m in a bad mood. Or when I’ve tippin back granpappy’s cough syrup and I’m in a bad mood and they mouth off. The rest of the time I’m a real gentleman.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm
But when do you beat them off?
Mr_Misanthropy- March 23, 2013 at 6:27 pm
Maybe they could just sword fight in the locker room...
Uncle_Irish420- March 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm
OHHH you guys at CP are in trouble! It was trash day today and no one put this article in the bin. Seriously, Mr. Falvo , leave the comedy/news/information/writing to the pro's like Cepeda or J.Jones
2DaDeath- March 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm
Men fighting women isn't as bad as it sounds. Especially since Cyborg could already beat the shit outta of tons of dudes in the fight game, currently.
El Guapo- March 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm
"First I want to thank God and to all those press who attendance today. Wow. Just wow. If I asked somebody if they would be promoting a fight back in the day between these two guys... women... between these two fighters, I would've said to himself 'Man.' But today we're here and announce to me that 'Yes', the fight will happening. Cyborg Stanton and Failure Fox. Man, it's really happening. Before me and the fighters start asking you guys questions, let's take some questions for you guys and the girls." -Tito's intro at the first press conference
Null Kuhl- March 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm
I LOL'ed!
cman- March 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Wait, men shouldn't beat woman?
How had I never heard this before?
DARKHORSE06- March 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Called this fight days ago as a joke. Please God let it happen! Cyborg wins by dicknail round 1.
IronClad- March 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm
Even though Cyborg is a beastly girl she shouldnt be fighting men. Still cant get over CP being advocates of men beating the shit out of women. Fucking ridiculous. George Shunick, you are seriously disturbed buddy.
SethF- March 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm
How am I being an advocate for men beating women again?
Mr_Misanthropy- March 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm
I only beat women when they mouth off. Or when I'm in a bad mood. Or when I've tippin back granpappy's cough syrup and I'm in a bad mood and they mouth off. The rest of the time I'm a real gentleman.
instaism- March 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm
May the best man win!
Mr_Misanthropy- March 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm
*why NOT a tranny*

Mr_Misanthropy- March 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm
I'm always interested in watching Cyborg smash hos so why a tranny? When she fights it's as close to domestic violence as I like to get.
2DaDeath- March 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm
Because of the lack of competition, I think Cyborg's next opponent should be an actual man. Is Faber fighting anyone?
cman- March 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm
I think both bitches be runnin their mouths.
and I think cyborg would win via sodomy slam..
danomite- March 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm
“She wants to be a girl. I don’t agree,” -Yeah Cyborg, we know. That's why you pump yourself full of male hormones.
thebusiness- March 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Meh, frankly I think your stance is a bit insulting to Cyborg. She's been competing/dominating in MMA for the past 8 plus years or so. Fallon Fox has only fought twice and both of her opponents have yet to win an MMA fight. (Her first opponent was, incidentally, also KO'd by another girl in 36 seconds).
I don't feel Cyborg is running from Ronda. She's feels and fights best at 145lbs (a weight she has always fought at). If she were to drop to 135lbs, she'd weaken herself to the point where we just wouldn't see her at her best. Wouldn't it be more interesting if Cyborg at her best fought Ronda at her best? Would be a much more exciting and telling fight. Ronda has blurted out a lot more disrespectful stuff about Cyborg than vice versa. Cyborg's not fluent in English so she's not always able to get her point across in the most articulate manner, but that doesn't take away the fact that she's a beast and that people are still very interested in watching her fights. I remember watching both the Cyborg vs Yamanaka and Rousey vs Tate fights at a bar. The place was filled for Cyborg's fight and half empty for Rousey's. I'm sure her popularity has risen drastically since them, but Cyborg's definitely hasn't diminished.
SiDeBuRnZ- March 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Fallon would still be a man trying to beat up a woman. Except this time, he would lose.
BaghdadBob- March 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Bleach companies would be the winners; our eyesight would be the losers.