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Dolce on Ronda Rousey moving up for a superfight: ‘No male on the planet would do such a thing’

Ronda Rousey is apparently ready for her MMA return, but her nutritionist says talk of her moving up for a superfight with Cris Cyborg is a “double standard.”

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There’s a long history of fighters moving up in weight to take on new challenges in combat sports, and I’m not just talking about Conor McGregor. Even in the annuls of MMA history, figures such as BJ Penn, Anderson Silva, Randy Couture, and Kazushi Sakuraba all built legacies, in part off their willingness to take on bigger combatants. And that says nothing of the openweight era where fighters routinely faced off against opponents of all sizes.

Turn to boxing and Manny Paquiao’s journey from flyweight to welterweight is not only an amazing feat, but part of a long long legacy of great boxers moving up in weight to take on bigger, more difficult challenges. In kickboxing, tournaments like the K-1 World Grand Prix saw men as small 175 lb Kaoklai Kaennorsing take on 255 lb Ray Sefo. People actually fought Semi Schilt! Both in kickboxing and MMA.

So, with all that said, it comes as a bit of surprise to see Ronda Rousey’s nutritionist, Mike Dolce, talk about the prospect of Rousey fighting against Cyborg at 145 as something of an unprecedented move. Dolce recently spoke to MMA Junkie about Rousey’s return to the UFC and the reignited talk of a future bout against Cris Cyborg:

“Why would Ronda, who walks around in the off-season at a healthy (148 to 152 pounds), why would she look to give such advantages to an athlete that walks around at 175 pounds?” he said. “No male on the planet would do such a thing, and I think it’s disrespectful and a double-standard for the public to assume Ronda should.”

In trade for passing on the chance of Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg, Dolce floated the idea that if the UFC were to open up a flyweight division, a fight between Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk would be a fun fight to make:

“As Ronda’s weight-management coach, I see Ronda being a 125-pound athlete, if that weight class existed,” he said. “Based on her current body weight, and how compliant she’s been to her lifestyle, Ronda can make 125 pounds. That might be where the most exciting matchups would actually take place. Can you imagine Ronda versus (UFC women’s strawweight champion) Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who’s always talked about moving up to 125?”

It does seem like a flyweight division may be something the UFC creates in the near future. So who knows, maybe the real superfight we should all be looking for is Jedrzejczyk vs. Rousey and not Rousey vs. Cyborg.