UFC president Dana White cleared up the rumors of a potential December Ronda Rousey vs. Cris “Cyborg” Justino fight via UFC.com on Monday.
Over the weekend, Tito Ortiz and Cyborg stated on social media that they were offered a fight vs. Rousey in Dallas this December. While White said the UFC did contact her about a bout, it is not vs. Rousey or in Dallas.
Instead, UFC matchmaker reached out to Cyborg and asked about a potential fight vs. another bantamweight this year. Currently, she is the Invicta FC featherweight champion, and the UFC has stated she needs to prove she can make 135 before being signed to face Rousey.
“The deal we have with her is that she’ll make the weight and fight at 135,” White said. “We said to her: ‘What’s going on? Are we going to do this?’
“She was never offered a fight with Ronda anywhere. She has to make the weight, and then fight, and then we know she can do it and we do the fight with Ronda.”
Rousey recently fought in Brazil with Cyborg in attendance, but Cyborg didn’t make a push to sign a deal vs. the UFC champion at that time – much to the surprise of White.
“I thought it was weird that she wasn’t screaming for this fight – that she wasn’t trying to make the weight and trying to make this fight happen,” White said.
White added that the proposed Rousey-Cyborg fight – should it get signed to paper – would take place in Las Vegas. Rousey is expected to face Miesha Tate for a third time later this year.
Ortiz responded with a message on Twitter, saying “I don’t lie.”
I don't lie.
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) August 11, 2015