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Rousey confident in abilities against Cyborg: ‘The best that she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs’

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey took part in an extended tirade on Invicta FC’s 145 lb. champ Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino in a recent media scrum in Brazil.

While Ronda Rousey is focused on an entirely different set of opponents for her forthcoming string of title fights, she was more than willing to offer her thoughts on nemesis Cristiane ‘Cyborg' Justino.

The UFC women's bantamweight champion took aim at Justino's apparent doping history, as well as what she considered to be glaring weaknesses in her striking game.

"She was fighting, it was a while ago, and she just got dropped five times in a match," Rousey told Brazilian media on Tuesday. "And really, to be honest, I haven't been really too impressed with her actual skill set," Rousey said. "It's only her strength that she draws off."

Rousey added that ‘Cyborg' makes "grievous technical mistakes" that are "absolutely terrible and basic" in her matches, and that it is simply her strength that overwhelms opponents.

"She doesn't have any feeling in her punches, she pushes her punches," Rousey explained. "She can't knock people out with one punch, she just overwhelms them," she added. "My pace, nobody can overwhelm me. And the way that she is on the ground, it's absolute horrendous. And her distance is absolute horrendous. The only thing that she has is pace and power, and I have pace, precision and power."

While harsh in her criticism of the former Strikeforce champion, Rousey was also quick to mention that ‘Cyborg' could be a significant force at bantamweight, yet her "doping" would make the transition far more difficult.

"The reason why people dope is because they lack self-confidence. The reason why she was using steroids is because that girl does not believe that the best that she has is good enough, and that will always be there in her mind. And you know what, she's right. The best that she has isn't good enough, even on drugs."

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