Former UFC Featherweight champion and current Bellator Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg thinks that Ronda Rousey was a better and more dangerous fighter than PFL star Kayla Harrison.
One of the all-time best women’s fighters Cris Cyborg talked about the new women’s MMA star hailing from PFL, Kayla Harrison. According to Cris Cyborg, she applauds the things Kayla has done in her life but Cris feels that Kayla is not as good as people say she is. Cris also feels that former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey who also comes from a Judoka background like Kayla was much more dangerous than Harrison.
“I was supposed to fight Ronda Rousey before and I was training for a camp,” Cyborg explained. “The first thing you train in judo is to learn to fall. Because when you’re going to fight judo, maybe you’re going to fall yes, but you have to know what to do after.”
“I believe Ronda Rousey was more dangerous than Kayla. Her transitions were fast, her technique was fast and I know [Kayla] got a gold medal in the Olympics. But I think it’s a different level about the speed, about the transitions for the submissions.”
Cris also talked about a potential fight with Kayla in the future.
“I think it’s going to be a great fight for me,” Cyborg said when appearing on The MMA Hour. “She don’t need to come in at 145, we can fight at 155. She said [it was] the last fight on her contract, too, I saw and I believe maybe she’s going to sign with the UFC, but she can make more money than Amanda Nunes in PFL.”
“I don’t know it’s going to be worth [it], but maybe we can do one fight, champion vs. champion. Scott Coker can be my co-promoter, maybe in the future. It’s a great fight.”
Cris also revealed some things about Harrison’s game that she feels other fighters haven’t targeted yet.
“People say, ‘She’s going to take you down,’” Cyborg said. “I believe in the fight wrestling can beat judo and if she takes me down, yes but I can [take her down], too. It’s an MMA fight. I think she should care more about the striking. Because if you see a couple of her fights at what 11-0, the girls fighting her are scared of the takedown and scared to punch for takedown.”
“When you fight a judo girl, you can think about maybe you’re going to get taken down, it’s an MMA fight. You cannot be afraid of a takedown. She’s afraid to strike, too, when she fights the girls. Example is when she fights Cindy Dandois. Cindy Dandois came from judo, she’s really confident in her striking, she’s supposed to use the striking to fight Dandois but she’s not confident. She just did a judo takedown. It’s going to be a great fight for both I believe.”
“She’s repeated fighting a lot of the same girls,” Cyborg said about Harrison’s resume. “I think she fought one Brazilian like three times. I respect all the girls. I’m not here for saying she hasn’t fought top 10, I respect everyone. But we don’t need to talk about me or Amanda Nunes. We can talk about if maybe she goes to the UFC, [Germaine de Randamie] is going to be a hard fight for her. Then we’re going to expose her weakness. Holly Holm, too, Julia Budd, I think a lot of girls can expose her weakness.”
“I hear her talk. She’s very young, I don’t know if she knows the history of MMA. She just remind me of another judo girl who comes to MMA and I just look for what’s going to happen. It’s OK. It’s nice when people really think you’re more than you are. It’s hard. I don’t like to talk about myself. I prefer the fans, people see who they think I am but maybe she thinks she’s doing the right thing.”
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