Dana White Says Tito Ortiz Advised Cyborg to Not Take Fight with Ronda Rousey

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2012

August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA;   Ronda Rousey (black shirt) with Gene LaBell after defeating Sarah Kaufman (not pictured) in their Strikeforce MMA women's bantamweight title bout at the Valley View Casino Center. Rousey won in 54 seconds of the first round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Twitter exploded Wednesday afternoon when the UFC's Brazilian website promoted UFC 157 as Ronda Rousey vs Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. White it was shot down quickly by Santos, the story still had legs as the bout between the two has been rumored for some time.

Santos is the former Strikeforce 145 pound women's champion and a meeting with Rousey should all but have been certain. Santos is currently on suspension after testing positive for stanozolol after defeating Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce: Melendez vs Masvidal.

While Santos has been on the sidelines, Rousey has seen her popularity boom with features in Sports Illustrated and a spread in ESPN the Magazine's The Body Issue. Rousey has also built up a trophy collection of limbs as she armbar-ed her way to Strikeforce gold. 

While the official UFC site listed UFC 157 as the card for Rousey vs. Cyborg, the shot ultimately went to Liz Carmouche who will face the new UFC champ in Anaheim in 2013.

In a discussion with attending media following the UFC on Fox 5 pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the UFC wasn't really close to making the bout between the two females official. 

In fact, it was Santos' trainer Tito Ortiz that advised her against taking the bout with Rousey. 

"No, it should be happening. That's the fight that should be happening. Tito Ortiz is her manager and he advised her against it."

That White wants the fight between Rousey and Cyborg to sign means that it's likely to take place down the line. It just may be a waiting game as Santos finds a safe say to cut to 135 pounds. 

*All quotes attained by Bleacher Report first hand.