Just hours removed from her third-round submission victory over Miesha Tate at UFC 168, women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was thrown right back into the fire.
At the post-fight press conference it was announced that undefeated wrestling specialist and fellow Olympian Sara McMann will be next in line to challenge Rousey at UFC 170 in late February. But that hasn't stopped other girls from going after the champ, following her eighth consecutive finish.
Former Strikeforce standout and current Invicta featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos was eager to give her two cents, tweeting the following last night after UFC 168 (originally reported by MMA Underground):
"Ronda I'm coming to get you!" pic.twitter.com/JcDZoKgpwV— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) December 29, 2013
Santos has been ridiculed in the past for testing positive for anabolic steroids back in 2011, following a 16-second TKO victory over Hiroko Yamanaka. But she has since been clean and has never looked more dominant.
Regarded as one of the very best female fighters in the sport, one who is known for her vicious striking, Santos has compiled 10 knockouts in 14 fights spanning eight years.
If she were to fight Rousey, assuming Invicta would let her walk, Santos would give the UFC champ a variety of problems. She's bigger, more athletic, stronger, more aggressive than anybody Rousey has ever faced and is great on the ground even though she prefers to stand.
If she can somehow cut weight and get down to 135 pounds, then a future 2014 showdown with Rousey has to be in the cards.
At least we can hope so. A bout between the two would produce unworldly publicity and hype.
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