Some might think this notion is crazy. Many UFC fans have been reluctant to accept women fighting in the octagon. The fact remains that Ronda Rousey’s fights draw big money in a time when the UFC has very few box office attractions, making it the perfect sponsorship opportunity for FreedomPop.
While Rousey has destroyed all of her opponents usually within the first few minutes of the opening round, Cyborg has always loomed on the horizon. Cyborg is the one who soundly defeated the mega-popular Gina Carano in the pre-UFC days. With her massive physique, intimidating tattoos and incredible punching power, Cyborg appears to be the perfect opponent for Rousey.
To add to the appeal of this fight, consider the history. Ronda has claimed that Cyborg has been ducking her. Cyborg refused to drop weight to face Rousey in the past with the dubious excuse that her doctor thought it was unhealthy for Cyborg to lose 10 pounds off of her bulky frame.
In 2011, Cyborg was suspended for one year for testing positive for steroids. Rousey frequently speaks out on this topic, saying that Cyborg “isn’t even a woman anymore” and that Cyborg has been avoiding fights in the UFC due to the UFC’s stringent drug-testing policies.
The fight feels like it could be a landmark in sports, a battle between two fighting pioneers. Ronda can talk people into seats like few others. The biggest UFC fight of all time is pro-wrestler Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, a good talker. This fight has a similar appeal topped with the novelty of it involving trail-blazing women. It feels like a modern spectacle that men and women would pay to see.