A superfight between Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey seems less and less likely as time goes by. Instead, Cyborg made a surprising callout last night (sunday), challenging Ronda Rousey.
This time, it’s not in the octagon, however, but in a tag-team match in WWE!
Check out her tweet below:
— #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) March 27, 2017
In the video, the former Strikeforce and Invicta FC champion is running drills with Gabi Castrovinci, a pro wrestler best known for her short-lived run in TNA Impact Wrestling, where she worked under the ring name Raquel. This is the latest example of Cyborg testing the waters for a run in the squared circle.
Since 2011, Cyborg’s name has come up several times in wrestling circles. The most recent example came at Rizin FF 4, when she, alongside training partner Gabi Garcia, were involved in an odd post-fight segment opposite pro wrestlers Shinobu Kandori and Jazzy Alpha Female.
Also, Cris Cyborg is bound for a UFC title fight later this year opposite Germaine de Randamie. So it’s highly unlikely that she (or the UFC) would be willing to risk that. That said, the timing is most certainly interesting given WWE’s increased focus on women’s wrestling. Also, the fact that the company is actively bringing talent for an all-women tournament later this year. This, according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com.
WWE is likely willing to get Cyborg in and has been trying to lure Rousey into the fold for years. Chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon has told TMZ Sports this March that they would love to have Rowdy on board.
If the UFC’s new ownership is more open to co-promotional efforts, then fans might just see at least one of the women in the ring before long.