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Dana White on Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg fight: 'Maybe we can do it'

Following UFC 170 UFC president Dana White discussed the possibility of a Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg title fight, and what would have to happen for that fight to take place

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

We have a maybe, which is a lot more than we had before Saturday night. That maybe was UFC president Dana White's response on if we could see UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey face Cris "Cyborg" Justino (formerly Santos) inside the Octagon.

On Friday, Cyborg, the current Invicta featherweight champion, announced that it was her intent to drop to 135-pounds and fight for the Invicta bantamweight title in May. She also revealed that after that fight, her goal was to fight Rousey for the UFC bantamweight title in December.

In her statement Cyborg also addressed the previous comments that she and her then manager Tito Ortiz made, claiming that Santos would die if she tried to cut to 135 pounds, "I didn't literally mean I would die if I made 135. What I meant was that my doctor recommended that I did not fight the rest of my career at 135, which is what the UFC wanted."

After Rousey defended her title against Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170 on Saturday night White addressed the topic of Cyborg. He was quick to point out that people will remember Cyborg, 135 pounds, and death were mentioned in the same sentence not that long ago, "If she goes to 135 pounds she will die. A doctor did this, a doctor did that. Who wants to have her fight first at 135? Not me."

White did say that under the correct circumstances he could see a fight between Rousey and Cyborg being made, "There's a lot of things that would have to happen before we (book that fight.) First we'd have to come to a deal, she'd have to fight - and make 135 pounds a couple times somewhere else, and if she's healthy, maybe we can do it."

One thing White did say was that Cyborg was not going to come into the UFC and get an immediate shot at the title, "You don't just get a couple of fights at 135 and come in and step over every girl in the UFC and get a chance to fight Ronda, it doesn't make sense."

The champion seemed intrigued by the idea of facing Cyborg, "Of course I'm interested," Rousey told Fox Sports 1. "I'm not going anywhere - she knows where I'm at."

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