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Ronda Rousey Says Cyborg Sets Bad Example As A Role Model

Ronda Rousey is directly engaged in a beef with Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate that will soon come to a head in the cage, but that doesn’t stop her from lining up sights on another target in recently-deposed Strikeforce women’s featherweight queenpin Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.

Santos was recently stripped of her title upon testing positive for anabolic steroids following a December title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka, in addition to being suspended for one year and fined. Rousey and Cyborg have gone back and forth since then, taking shots at each other through social media and interviews. Rousey recently explained in detail to why she has such disdain for the fallen champ and why she’s eagerly awaiting the end of Cyborg’s yearlong suspension.

“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,” said Rousey. “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.”

Before she can put Cyborg in her place, Rousey has to get past Miesha Tate on March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, where the two will meet for the main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.