Many fans are excited at the prospect of the UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey facing off against the brutish new Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Certainly, she would be the biggest fight and the biggest threat to Rousey’s undefeated career. Cyborg is a fighter who wins her fights by being the stronger, more explosive athlete, relying on her power to overwhelm her opposition with brutal strikes on the feet and devastating ground and pound.
She is also a fighter that looks unlike any other female fighter out there. Fans have speculated for years that she has used illegal substances to obtain a physique rarely seen in women.
Cyborg bulges with muscle, and her deep, bellowing voice begs the question. Speculation turned into confirmation in January of 2012 when she tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. Cris Cyborg was suspended for one year and fined a paltry sum of $2,500. She claimed that the banned substance was in a dietary supplement she accidentally took in an attempt to aid in her weight cut, a laughable and inexcusable defense.
Women cannot realistically put on the type of muscle mass that Cyborg has while also going through the grueling training necessary to be a high-level mixed-martial artist without the use of steroids. She has looked unnatural for years, and it is my opinion that her career has depended heavily upon her steroid use.
Surely she is a great striker, but without the unfair physical advantages acquired through steroid use, does anyone really think that she would have had as much success as she has?
Cris Cyborg is a travesty to women’s MMA. She takes the legitimate and hard-earned successes of other clean female fighters and literally beats them down.
Rousey and other clean female fighters have built their careers by being tough, skilled and honorable fighters and they should be respected. To attempt legitimization of Cyborg’s abuses by pitting her against the greatest woman mixed-martial artist in the world would tarnish the sport and disrespect the women who have actually earned their success.
The question people want answered is, can toughness and skill overcome brute strength? Fortunately, Royce Gracie already answered this question at UFC 1. Now let’s watch true, clean mixed-martial artists compete at UFC 168 when Rousey squares off against Miesha Tate for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship and forget this Cris Cyborg nonsense.