Dana White talked to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on FOX Sports 1 after UFC 190 and had some bold projections for a potential Ronda Rousey vs Cris “Cyborg” Justino bout.
“I think that fight does 2.5 million buys,” White said . “I think that fight is massive.”
However there’s a hitch.
“The Cyborg thing is complicated, because, I’m ready for Cyborg, Ronda’s ready for Cyborg, but Cyborg has to make the weight,” White said. “If you see tonight, if you look around, and you see that Ronda is here in Brazil, with a sold-out crowd, the place was cheering for her, which I’ve never seen in Brazil, ever, Brazil only cheers Brazilians, and they’re cheering for Ronda, I’d be cutting weight now and chomping at the bit to fight Ronda if I was Cyborg. That fight is ready to roll whenever Cyborg is ready,” White told Helwani.
For her part Cyborg says she’s on the way.
“My next fight is140lbs,then I hope we get a chance to give fans the WMMA fight the most violent fight in the history!” she tweeted out Saturday after the Rousey-Correia bout.
Ronda is a bit more skeptical.
“I fight in the UFC 135-pound division,” Rousey said at the UFC 190 post-fight press conference. “She can fight 145 pumped full of steroids, and she can make weight just like everybody else without ‘em.”
Cyborg failed a drug test for the anabolic steroid stanozolol following a December 2011 bout in Showtime’s defunct Strikeforce promotion. She served a one-year suspension.
The biggest UFC pay-per-view of all-time was UFC 100 in 2009 which did an estimated 1.6 million buys.
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