The year 2013 was undoubtedly a huge one for the ladies of MMA. Ronda Rousey and the rest of the female bantamweights joined the boys in the UFC, Rousey headlined a major pay-per-view and the inclusion of women on The Ultimate Fighter all came about. To sum it up, the women really made noise.

2014 is shaping up to be a similar year with a female-exclusive TUF happening later this year that will crown the first-ever UFC female 115-pound champion. It could be an even bigger 2014 for women’s MMA, though, that could be made by one lone fight that would be the biggest bout the women have ever seen or produced.

For a couple years now, we have heard about the back-and-forth between Rousey and Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Cyborg, in her own right, was a great champion for Strikeforce. She dispatched every opponent placed in front of her, just like Rousey has done in the UFC.

Cyborg’s reign and skills have been tarnished by a positive drug test following her victory over Hiroko Yamanaka. Since then, Cyborg has gone on a two-fight winning streak, with two knockouts, on her way to capturing the Invicta 145-pound title.

The talk between the two champions has led many to clamor for the fight that would definitely go down as the biggest in women’s MMA history. Two fighters, both dominant and both amazingly good in two different sets of skills, squaring off to determine the true top lady in MMA.

Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp made the prediction that this super fight would happen this year. The fight would be big for all involved, but just like any other super fight in years past, it’s nothing more than a pipe dream.

Super fights have a tendency to pop up every now and again, and it’s a great thing to discuss and argue over which fighter would win. But the likelihood of the contest coming to fruition is often very small.

Here, we have Rousey, who has an amazing set of judo and submission skills. If brought to the ground, Cyborg would be destroyed by Rousey. On the other hand, Cyborg has hands of stone, and her striking skills are a huge danger to Rousey if the judo practitioner can’t bring the fight to the mat. That makes this a tale of two fighters with very easy paths to victory.

This fight would be great to watch. And with the war of words the two have shared, it would be a very easy fight to sell and market to the fans. In fact, I’ll make the bold prediction as to say it would be the biggest fight women’s MMA will have for the foreseeable future. That is, if it were to happen.

All it is right now, however, is an idea that two of the best fighters will meet. First, Rousey has to beat Sara McMann at UFC 170 in February. A loss for Rousey there could destroy this super fight altogether. Even if Rousey wins, there’s still an obstacle in the way of the one fight every women’s MMA fan is dying to see.

What is that obstacle? It’s weight.

Cyborg either has to make the weight cut to 135 pounds or Rousey has to go up to a catchweight or all the way up to 145 pounds. The problem is that neither fighter has been willing to budge on the weight issue. Rousey has called for Cyborg to make the drop to her weight class, but that is something which Cyborg has claimed could harm her health.

That makes the weight at which the fight will be contested into a lingering and major issue. Both fighters are champions in their respective weight classes, but if the two were to fight, it would most likely be in the UFC. The promotion doesn’t possess a women’s featherweight division, which only goes to support Rousey’s argument for a move down in weight for Cyborg.

Rousey and Cyborg will continue to trade barbs until one of them retires, but to say it will ultimately end with a super fight between the two is a dream. If health really is the issue here, then that alone should tell you it won’t happen.

At featherweight, Cyborg is big and to put her in the same cage with Rousey would demonstrate that size and strength advantage. But, at bantamweight, Cyborg would have to end up shedding some muscle, and the cut alone could give the fight to Rousey. Neither fighter wants to relinquish what they view as their edge, so they will continue to fight at their current weight while challenging the other to move to their division.

The fight should happen, though, as the two are really the best female fighters on the planet. But it won’t. Like Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather, Anderson Silva versus Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones versus Silva, it isn’t a fight where the two sides will meet in the middle and make it happen. One fighter will have to give up something to face the other, and neither wants to budge an inch.

About The Author

Sal DeRose
Staff Writer

Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.