UFC 175 Scrum Recap: Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg Fight Still a No-Go
No matter how much time passes, MMA fans are still clamoring to see UFC champion Ronda Rousey fight Cris Cyborg.
After all, coming off Rousey’s 16-second smashing of contender Alexis Davis, that seems like the only possible challenge left for the world’s best female fighter.
But UFC president Dana White put the brakes on that idea during the UFC 175 post-fight scrum (via MMA Heat), while teasing a number of other fights for future events. Here’s the point-by-point breakdown of all the biggest topics covered on Saturday night in Las Vegas:
• Dana White and the UFC reportedly offered Cris Cyborg the same contract that was offered to Rousey to join the UFC, to no avail. Rousey made $90,000 in disclosed salary for her first UFC fight on Feb. 23, 2013. Cris Cyborg made $66,000 in her last Strikeforce bout on Dec. 17, 2011, which was a matter of months after the UFC bought the company.
• Dana White — “[Rousey] and Cyborg aren’t even on the same level, mentally, as athletes or any other thing.”
• George St-Pierre was in attendance at UFC 175, and his knee is “good” so far.
• Chael Sonnen has reportedly apologized to White regarding his series of failed drug tests. White says that Sonnen has “every single dollar” he ever earned in the UFC.
• Sonnen’s hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission will be on UFC Fight Pass.
• Despite poor results on buys, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson may headline another PPV event. He’s also being considered for more FOX events.
• Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson is currently in discussion by the UFC.
• Dana White says former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker “isn’t going against” the UFC by working for Bellator, but simply trying to keep the promotion alive.
• UFC Fight Pass and International Fight Week will reportedly feature more regional amateur events for wrestling, judo, Taekwondo and other martial arts.
• Dana White on Fight Pass — “This will eventually be everything fighting … It’s the greatest thing we’ve ever done.”
• Urijah Faber (31-7) vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto is in discussion. (Yamamoto was once considered the top MMA featherweight in Japan, boasting 14-straight wins in five years. Yamamoto has yet to gain a single UFC victory, currently coming off a string of losses with a 16-8 record and one No Contest, losing five of his last six fights.)
• Dana White commented on undefeated Japanese MMA champion Rin Nakai wearing a prom dress for her UFC Japan bout announcement against Miesha Tate. White said that Nakai could wear “a f—— dress” if she wanted, and touted that her record’s legit.
• The UFC isn’t certain about their return to Toronto, let alone Canada. The UFC’s last Canadian event, UFC 174, just recently took place at the Rogers Arena on June 14. It’s rumored to have barely sold 100,000 buys on pay-per-view, while the $1.14 million gate is currently the second-lowest gate from Canada in UFC history (out of 16 events to date).
• The UFC is planning to build a new campus in Las Vegas.
• UFC will have the first opening event at Las Vegas’ new MGM Arena.
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