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Ronda Rousey Calls Cris Cyborg an “It,” Receives $5,000 Bounty on Her Head


(“Come at me, brahs.” Photo via Getty.)

With a fight lined up against savvy veteran Alexis Davis in May and a seemingly inevitable showdown with Gina Carano on the horizon, one would think that Ronda Rousey has plenty on her plate to keep her distracted from her never-ending war of words with Cris Cyborg. Then again, if we’ve learned one thing about Ms. Rousey over the years, it’s that the only thing she loves more than breaking people’s arms is talking shit about people whose arms she has yet to break (ex. Kardashian, K. and Caraway, B.). Women be talkin’, amiright fellas?

So perhaps it makes sense that, during an interview with Yahoo’s Kevin Iole, Rousey only briefly touched on the fights she actually has lined up before once again unleashing a barrage of insults at the former Strikeforce featherweight champion like the classy, grown-up professional that she is:

I’ve said before, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I’ll fight her, but that’s just my personal decision. But I can’t make a decision for the whole division. I can’t say it’s the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.

While an “it” isn’t exactly the worst burn Rousey has ever thrown Cyborg’s way, the insult was enough to earn the ire of MMA apparel brand Americana, who threw down the following gauntlet on Twitter last night…

Finally, some *actual* motivation to beat the champion of the only women’s division in the UFC. Ladies, start trying…now!

As you would expect, Americana’s tweet did not exactly go over well in the eyes of people who think Rousey can do no wrong, which led the apparel company to later clarify their stance via a Facebook message:

Damn, they almost had me in their corner until they dropped that “sheep” line, at which point I could only think of this…

Obviously, Rousey will not be reprimanded for her comments in any way, shape, or form because she’s “the biggest star the UFC’s ever had,” but it’s hard to deny that her latest tirade raises an interesting question in regards to the UFC’s code of conduct. The answer to that question of course being that, like every other aspect of the UFC/MMA — from the refereeing to the judging to the UFC’s media and hiring/firing policies — the code of conduct is less a set of rules than a widely varying guideline that is only enforced when it is most convenient for all parties involved. Fuck yeah, transparency!

-J. Jones

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