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Joe Rogan: Cyborg a very problematic fight for Rousey stylistically

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UFC lead commentator, Joe Rogan, discusses the technical implications of a future fight between Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg.

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When Ronda Rousey lost her title, the blowback for one fighter may have been more significant than any other. The biggest fight to make would have been with Invicta featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg, but now, that fight will be a long time coming, if ever. It is turning out to be a similar version of Couture vs. Emelianenko, the mythical unicorn of fights.

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Cyborg stated that she was still very interested in a fight with Ronda Rousey. She opined that Ronda was too one dimensional in the fight with Holm, and that she hoped there was still an opportunity to fight her one day.

"She may have been the best, but she was mostly using judo. MMA keeps growing and more complete fighters keep showing up. This is similar to how the men's divisions used to be. I think making movies is best for her. I think the Holly Holm fight was a wakeup call. I think it brought her back down to earth. We always learn a lot from losses.

"But she did a lot for women's MMA. We owe her thanks. She broke many barriers and took women's MMA to new places. She opened many doors. I think MMA grew because of her. But she needs to do what's best for her now. The belt is in good hands with Holly Holm. Hopefully we'll fight eventually."

During my 2015 retrospective with Joe Rogan, this was one of the topics of discussion. Here's what Joe had to say about the possibility of this fight coming to fruition.

To the hardcore fans, Cyborg is a very big fight. That fight is certainly more dangerous for Ronda, because we've seen that she's been knocked out, and she's got holes in her game. Although Holly Holm is a devastating kicker, she has this movement and counter style which she had been criticized for in her boxing and kickboxing careers; that she had almost "point fought" her opponents. She would catch them at the end of punches and get out of the way and use movement.

It turned out that was the perfect style to beat Ronda, because she was so aggressive and always attacking. It's the one thing you never do, chase after a great striker or a great counter-striker. They just plant and blast you, like Holly did in that fight.

Cris Cyborg is aggressive. She fights a totally different way. She comes after you, guns blazing, like Ronda attempted to do in that fight, but Cris has more weapons. -Joe Rogan

Cris Cyborg is aggressive. She fights a totally different way. She comes after you, guns blazing, like Ronda attempted to do in that fight, but Cris has more weapons. Cris uses knees and kicks and elbows, and is obviously physically stronger, so it's a very problematic fight for Ronda now, stylistically, for sure.

More from this excellent interview will be transcribed in the coming week, but you can listen to the full audio here or via the embedded player below. There are already a couple transcriptions from it that can be found at the following links:

Cyborg Apology

Part I

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