Rousey vs. Cyborg: Dana White Says Dolce Diet Can Get Cyborg to 135

McKinley NobleCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2013

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Famed MMA nutritionist Mike Dolce might be just the man that UFC president Dana White needs in order to seal the deal on a superfight between Ronda Rousey and Cristiane Justino.

Right now, the only thing preventing a match between the two former Strikeforce women's champions is a difference in weight.

But while Cris "Cyborg" insists that there's no way that she can cut 10 pounds to challenge for Rousey's UFC women's bantamweight title belt, White tells TATAME that Dolce's patented system can get the featherweight bruiser to safely and efficiently cut down to 135 pounds (translation via Google):

"She can get to this weight, we have an expert who can help you lose weight in a healthy way, [he] does so with all our athletes. We have Mike Dolce, who has the system to [get] wrestlers [to] lose weight and still feel good, and it's all about your diet. He is 100% ready to work with her and [it] will not cost anything to Cris," said Dana, who has even [compared] the Cyborg x Ronda [rivalry to] boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

Bloody Elbow followed up with Dolce himself, who stated that not only would the weight cut be possible, but that he could also get Cyborg down to 135 pounds with very little difficulty:

It is absolutely possible for her to make 135. I believe 135 will be her best weight class. I think she's a legitimate 135 pounder. I think as good as she was at 145, she'll be even more dynamic at 135. I believe it wouldn't be that difficult at all.

Dolce also told Bloody Elbow that Cyborg would actually be better suited fighting at the bantamweight limit and would be an "amazing" competitor at that weight. Even while competing at 145 pounds, Cyborg racked up an impressive 11-fight winning streak.

However, Justino's career was put on hold due to a one-year suspension after testing positive for anabolic steroids in January 2012. Regardless of Cyborg's schedule, Rousey will still make her first UFC title defense against top-ranked challenger Liz Carmouche at UFC 157.

If Rousey walks out of her first UFC main event as the champion, it's highly possible that Cyborg will be next in line to fight for the women's bantamweight title at a future UFC pay-per-view.

Both women have spent over a year trading heated words, with Rousey famously telling TSN Radio's The MMA Report with John Pollock that she didn't care if Cyborg was injecting "horse semen" into her eyes, but her foe simply needed to "stop doping" in order to successfully cut to 135 pounds.