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Cyborg willing to fight Ronda Rousey, but says she's 'not chasing her anymore'

Invicta featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino has some choice words about the possibility of fighting former UFC champion Ronda Rousey.

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The will they/won't they saga between Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey appears have no sign of ending anytime soon. In a piece by Andreas Hale of Yahoo! Sports, former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion and current Invicta featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (14-1-1NC) discusses the conditions regarding a possible matchup with Ronda Rousey (12-1), a woman many have considered to be her arch-rival for years. The Brazilian striker accused Rousey of not fighting her at her optimal weight of 145lbs or at a catchweight of 140lbs in order to gain an advantage.

From the source:

"Do I still want to fight Ronda? Of course!" Cyborg said. "However, if she wants to be the best she needs to beat the best, and that's me at my best, not a depleted mirror of myself - which is what she is hoping for by forcing me to 135."

Most interesting is Justino's assertion that now that Rousey doesn't hold a championship anymore, Cyborg has less of an incentive to go down to bantamweight to fight the former UFC champion of that division. She places the onus of the fight taking place exclusively on Rousey herself:

"I hope [a fight with Rousey happens] for the fans. But if she was running from me before the loss, imagine how much faster she will be running from me now," Cyborg said. "I'm not chasing her anymore. After all, didn't she say ‘You come to the champ?' I have been a world champion for 10 years!"

So, there you have it, folks. In case you thought all hopes for this bout evaporated after Rousey's loss to eventual champion Holly Holm, this appears to have been rekindled.

Cristiane Justino is currently on a four-fight win streak, all by TKO. She defends her Invicta featherweight title on January 16th at Invicta FC 15 against Russian challenger Daria Ibragimova.