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Tito Ortiz Defends Telling Cris Cyborg Not To Face Ronda Rousey At 135

Many people believe the biggest female MMA match out there is Ronda Rousey-Cris Cyborg.

However, that will not be the first female fight to take place inside the Octagon, as UFC president Dana White announced on Thursday that Rousey will meet Liz Carmouche.

White admitted that the UFC attempted to get Cyborg to agree to a bantamweight fight, but that she can’t make the weight cut by February.

Tito Ortiz, the former UFC champion and Hall of Famer, is managing Cyborg. Ortiz informed that he did tell his client to turn down the bout, and explained his reason.

Cris said she would kill herself trying to make 135. I won’t allow it, (and) neither should the UFC or Dana. Cris wants the fight, fans want the fight, and so does the UFC.

Cyborg (10-1) is suspended until late in December. Members of her team had stated in the past that she would not drop to 135, but that appears to not be the case any longer.

Ortiz, meanwhile, called out Rousey for not agreeing to move up, saying, “If Ronda is such a great fighter, why doesn’t she fight at the weight she started at?”

Adding Ortiz to this ongoing battle between Cyborg and Rousey would only generate even more interest.

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