Ronda Rousey raised eyebrows throughout the MMA world once again with a verbal attack on Cris 'Cyborg' Justino.
Speaking with Yahoo Sports, Rousey said, "This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.'"
Several media members have reached out to the UFC for comment on Rousey's "She's an it" comment, but the UFC has, to this point, refused comment.
Not refusing comment, however, is George Prajin, a Justino representative. Prajin gave the following statement to MMA Junkie:
First of all Cris Cyborg is a beautiful woman with a huge heart. She has a mother and father and a beautiful niece that she has raised since she was born. Ronda is not only trying to hurt Cris but is hurting them as well. This is fight sport, no reason for hateful attacks. You want to hurt Cris, get in the cage. Dare you.
Cris Cyborg does not need to resort to personal insults. She wants to hurt Ronda physically not verbally. Ronda’s hateful statements show that she fears Cris because she knows she has to verbally attack her to hurt her because she can’t physically. She knows she has no chance against Cris in a fight.
First she ran to 135 to escape her, hoping that she would never have to face her. Then when fans started to demand the fight, she hid behind her weight division. Now that Cris is coming after her she now is setting up the excuse of all excuses – fighting Cris wouldn’t be fair.
She is right about one thing: It would not be fair. And it has nothing to do with performance enhancing drugs. It’s because Cris is just that much better. And to agree with Ronda, it would be criminal. In fact, if it wasn’t a consensual fight, it would end in a crime upon her.
Ronda is making serious allegations that Cris is abusing steroids. Unless she has proof, she is having a reckless disregard for the truth!
Ronda knows Cris has passed four drug tests in a row including a random drug test performed this past March. All Ronda is doing is trying to build an excuse once Cris mops the cage with her. That is by lying and saying that Cris is a cheater.
Affirmatively, Cris is not using any performance enhancing drugs!
As of now the UFC party line appears to remain that Cyborg is not a 135 pound fighter and, as such, there's no motivation to sign her. Justino has said that she plans to make her bantamweight debut in late summer or early fall.