The entire Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg debate rages on with the story, and the non-fight, seeming to be a never-ending saga.

But could there actually be a fix that would guarantee a long-awaited showdown?

Rousey has argued that Cristiane Justino – the only logical and worthwhile challenger to Rousey’s crown – can’t make the 130-pound cutoff to fend for the women’s bantamweight title. She also won’t let go of the fact that Cyborg tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs four years ago.

Cyborg has claimed she’s clean and she can make the weight.

So what’s the holdup?

Points were raised on both sides of issue quite well yesterday as I tuned into Sirius XM’s Fight Club. While the discussion went on, I thought of a potential solution. Maybe it’s been talked about before or not.

It’s a catchweight … but wait, it’s more than that.

Dana White has had a history for backtracking on some statements, most-famously saying that women would never fight in the UFC and now one of top-two stars is a female.

Catchweights aren’t a regular occurrence in the UFC, but one of the most notable ones was Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie when two icons of the sport finally collided albeit in the rear-view of Gracie’s better days.

The UFC has never done mid-range weight class title fights, specifically what boxing does by having ‘junior’ middleweight or ‘super’ lightweight titles for in-between the standard weight classes.

A point raised on Fight Club was that Rousey and Cyborg could meet at 140, but the drawback for Rousey would be that if she is beaten she would still be the bantamweight champ but no longer have the aura of being undefeated.

So why not create a women’s super bantamweight title?

Cyborg can make the weight no problem. It would be nothing for Rousey to stop her weight cut at 140, which, as also brought by the guys on Fight Club, instantly demolishes another DW argument of why Rousey couldn’t or shouldn’t take the fight at 140.

If welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre could have jumped up from 170 to a catchweight of 180 to fight middleweight mega-star Anderson Silva in what would have been the biggest superfight of all time, how come Rousey can’t do 140? FYI, there’s only a two-inch height difference between Rousey and Justino (5-foot-6 compared to 5-foot-8) while GSP would have been giving up four inches to Silva (5-foot-10 compared to 6-foot-2).

The rub here could be that Rousey has always enjoyed an imposing physical presence against her opponents, if not in height, that certainly in musculature. Nothing more accurately shows this than Rousey’s two fights with Miesha Tate, who is currently booked for a needless trilogy matchup with the champ.

The solution then is to have Rousey and Cyborg meet for a newly created UFC women’s super bantamweight title.

If Cyborg wins, she’s the champ, Rousey came up to her weight class, but remains the bantamweight champ. Rousey’s ‘0’ would be gone but there isn’t a single former champ who has gone undefeated including two of the GOAT candidates, the aforementioned St. Pierre and Silva.

If Rousey wins, then she’s a double-division champ joining the superbly elite class of Randy Couture and B.J. Penn to hold such a monumental distinction.

If Rousey is ‘Straight Outta Excuses’ and Cyborg is ‘Straight Outta Steroids’ then this super, super bantamweight fight might just put the two women warriors into battle.

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Scott Zerr
Staff Writer

Scott joins The MMA Corner having spent the last 14 years in mixed martial arts as Director of Media & Fighter Relations for the Maximum Fighting Championship. He will provide The MMA Corner with insight on breaking news in the sport, plus an insider's perspective on business developments, matchmaking, fighter signings, and much more. In addition to his longtime work in MMA, Scott was a sports reporter before moving into media relations and marketing. After growing up and working in Edmonton, Alberta, Scott has since moved to Bakersfield, California to be with his wife Christina (an avid fight fan, thank goodness) and kids.