Ronda Rousey will forever be “second best” in female fighting unless she fights Cris ‘Cyborg’ and wins, according to former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.
According to Ortiz, Rousey - who comes off “like a spoiled brat” on The Ultimate Fighter - is being protected by the UFC and is deliberately being kept at 135lbs to avoid having to face the bigger ‘Cyborg’.
“They pushed this fight of her and Ronda at 135 so much. The last time I saw Ronda call out Cris Cyborg, Ronda was actually at 145. So she cut down to 135 to stay avoid Cris,” Ortiz told Fighters Only.
“Now the ball is in their court - if they want the fight to happen, they will let the fight happen. If not I guess Ronda is the number two pound-for-pound woman always and Cris will be number one.”
“Nobody is going to beat her ever. She is going to do an Anderson Silva and go undefeated for a long, long time.”
Ortiz has been watching some of TUF 17, which features Rousey as a coach opposite Miesha Tate, and he hasn’t been impressed with what he has seen.
“I think her head is getting to her. I watched a couple episodes and she seems like a little brat, likes she’s too good for everybody else. That’s the attitude you don’t want, especially as a coach. People see me on The Ultimate Fighter season three, season eleven, I never thought I was better than anybody else,” he said.
“Is the popularity getting to Ronda’s head a little too much? She hasn’t had any huge fights, she hasn’t fought any huge names yet. I guess its one of those things that, in time, she needs to be tested. She’s being protected by the UFC and if she keeps being protected she will always be known as second-best.
“I haven’t seen any great stand-up skills. I have seen her closing the gap and taking a girl down and arm-barring her. I don’t think she even knows any moves other than an armbar.”
‘Cyborg’ was the Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion until a positive test for steroids led to her being banned from competition for a year and having the belt removed from her. Rousey has pointed this out numerous times when the subject of a fight has come up.
“Cris is one of the hardest working girls in the world and one of the baddest. She made a mistake nearly four years ago using a PED to cut weight, she tested positive and they took away her title. That’s the one mark on her record, she said she would never make that mistake again,” Ortiz said.
“She’s fought three times since then. She’s been clean and she’s promised me she will stay clean and that’s why I put my stamp of approval on her. She just demolished a girl in Muay Thai, French champion, the girl never even touched her. It just goes to show how dominant she is.”
On Saturday November 2, Ortiz will return to action for the first time since a highly controversial decision loss to Forrest Griffin. He will face former UFC and PRIDE FC champion Quinton ’Rampage’ Jackson in the headline fight of Bellator’s first-ever pay-per-view offering.
Also on the card is a lightweight title rematch between Michael Chandler and former champion Eddie Alvarez. Their 2011 clash was a Fight of the Year and hopes are high that the re-run will be just as explosive.