Cris Cyborg on Worlds: “If Ronda wants my arm, I want her head”

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Cris Cyborg attacking at 2012 Worlds / Photo: Dan Rod/

Capturing her second World Championship title as a purple belt, last weekend in California, Jiu-Jitsu heavyweight Cris Cyborg, representing Atos Jiu-Jitsu, while still in the Long Beach Pyramid, stated her desire to face the judoka Ronda Rousey in MMA. Aware that the American, who was present in the stands, had made statements saying she would take Cyborg’s arm home with her, the Strikeforce fighter fired back in an interview with Marcus Kowal of the Studio MMA website.

“I hope to face Ronda Rousa. I really want this fight. I feel she talks too much. I don’t like talk—I’d rather fight. I always want to fight for my fans. But if Ronda wants my arm, I want her head,” says the Brazilian in the interview.

Cris took a look at what the fight would be like, the one Strikeforce top brass Scott Coker guaranteed will go down soon, according to the website MMA Fighting .

“I don’t think she likes getting hit in the face. She has good takedowns and armbars, but it’s a good matchup for me because I like punching in the face,” she adds.

A welterweight when competing in MMA, Cris Cyborg is still under suspension for banned substances, only being cleared to fight again on December 16. Now Ronda Rousey tapped out Miesha Tate with an armbar in capturing the promotion’s bantamweight belt back in March.

Take a look at a quick scene of Cyborg in action in the World Championship purple belt division, where she won her weight class. In the purple belt absolute, Janni Larsson of CheckMat took top spot, with Nova União’s Kristina Barlaan coming in second.

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