Cristiane Justino and Ronda Rousey have been the most well-known and dominant figures in the women's MMA scene for a long time. Justino, better known as Cyborg, ruled the Strikeforce and Invicta FC featherweight divisions and has continued to wreak havoc in the UFC. Rousey, an Olympic bronze medalist, ruled the bantamweight throne and emerged as one of the sport's biggest stars.
Despite their almost parallel achievements -- similar to that of Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos in their early UFC careers -- both women have yet to cross paths. One of the reasons is because Cyborg and 'Rowdy' compete in different divisions, but Justino believes Rousey is ducking her.
Speaking to Jason Whitlock on 'Speak for Yourself', Cyborg fired shots at the former bantamweight champion and said she'll need facial surgery if they ever meet in the Octagon.
"Ronda doesn't say anything," Cyborg said, per Dan Hiergesell of MMA Mania. "She doesn't even say my name. She used Dana White and her mother to talk to me, because she knows if she says my name, she'll have to fight me. She knows this."
"My last fight, I broke the nose of the girl in three places. Sure, if I fight her she'll have to do surgery on her face after. I'm not kidding."
The 'girl' Cyborg is referring to is Lina Lansberg, a decorated Muay Thai champion who was battered by the Brazilian at UFC Fight Night 95 last month. It marked Justino's second fight in the UFC at a catchweight of 140 pounds, and longtime commentator and personality Joe Rogan has called for the addition of a women's featherweight division.
Rousey, who was on track to becoming the most dominant athlete in the sport, was humbled by Holly Holm at UFC 193. After a series of first-round stoppages and multiple title defences, the 29-year-old was stopped in her tracks with a devastating headkick and has been largely absent from the media since. Rousey's coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, has said it will be another two months before Rousey decides to announce a comeback.
Cyborg, 31, moves to 17-1 in her career and has looked all but unstoppable in her UFC tenure. No announcement has been made on her next opponent or event.