As Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche accomplished several feats at UFC 157, it wasn’t the WMMA bout that Wanderlei Silva had hoped to see. He liked Rousey in the fight, but wished she fought Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
“They deserve this space,” said Silva to TATAME. “The struggle of women is as interesting as men. That first fight, between Ronda and Carmouche, did not leave anything to be desired. I wanted to see the Cyborg against Ronda.”
Rousey would remain champion with another first round armbar against Carmouche. None of Rousey’s 10 career fights, in which seven were fought as professional, have seen the second round and each opponent has tapped via the armbar.
With Santos unwilling to drop down from featherweight to bantamweight, that fight never materialized. She was eventually granted her release out of the Zuffa contract and quickly signed with Invicta FC.
It’s not like Rousey or Santos weren’t familiar with the other. Since Rousey won the title last year, she has repeatedly made fun of Santos’ one year suspension for steroids and would only grant her a fight if she cut the weight. Santos was stern that she could only fight healthy as featherweight.
Wanderlei Silva remains an active member of the UFC roster after knocking out Brian Stann in front of a Japanese audience last month.