It's fair to say that Cris 'Cyborg' Justino isn't jumping to be Ronda Rousey's "bestie." She usually takes every opportunity to slam the former bantamweight champion hoping to goad Rousey into stepping into the octagon against her, but apparently, when it's all said and done, Cyborg actually doesn't hate the former former UFC bantamweight champion. In fact, she has a little bit of respect for her.
Cyborg told MMA Fighting, that she's thankful for everything Rousey has done for the women's sport and hopes Rousey doesn't have any plans on retiring from MMA anytime soon.
"She lost, but it's not over. She lost, but she can come back, she can fight for the title again. I think she can't give up. Giving up is bad for everyone. I don't have anything against Ronda. She made the sport grow more. Even if she was talking a lot about me, but I believe she helped the sport a lot."
So much so that Cyborg doesn't think MMA fighting would be where it is today without Rousey.
Maybe the sport wouldn't be where it is if it wasn't for this American that did what she did for the sport. Everybody loses, it's not the end of the world. I hope she sees that. Sometimes we lose to see new things, lessons as athlete or human being. I believe she can be champion again. I think so."
Thankfully, the word "retirement" hasn't even closely been hinted at. Although her admission to being suicidal after her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 197, did raise some red flags.
Luckily, it was just a "thing" and Rousey has since confirmed that she's mentally fine and expects to return to the UFC sometime this year. She won't return in time for Cyborg's UFC debut, but maybe... One day... We'll see the women's most feared striker face the women's most dominating ground specialist.