Ronda Rousey: Cris Cyborg a ‘Detriment’ to Women’s MMA, Not a Good Example for Kids

MMA star “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey continues to be an outspoken figure in interviews, and in her latest talk with’s Savage Dog Show, the top challenger for the Strikeforce Bantamweight Women’s Championship is going after recently suspended fighter, Cristiane Santos aka Cris Cyborg.

Cyborg was suspended last month and stripped of her Featherweight Championship after testing positive for an anabolic steroid prior to her title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka on December 17th. Cyborg has had her license suspended for one year.

Speaking of Cyborg’s plight, Rousey offers no sympathy, saying: “I think she was a detriment to women’s MMA. I think that no little girl is going to watch Cris Cyborg fight and want to be like her one day. I don’t think that she’s a good example. I think it was obvious all along that she was doping and I think it’s a really bad message to send to kids that you need to dope to be a champion.”

“I think it’s better with her gone and I think that when she comes back — I plan on fighting her when she comes back and I plan on beating her when she comes back. I feel like that will be a good example. The only positive role that I think Cris Cyborg can play for women’s MMA is as a bad guy Ivan Drago character that’s going to get beat by a Rocky. … She earned her sentence, and when she’s done, she can come back and get her real punishment.”

Rousey also discusses the current state of women’s MMA and the pressure on the women compared to the male fighters. Read more here.

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