After former world bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's second KO loss in as many fights, Cris "Cyborg" Justino's coach Jason Parillo believes that there's virtually no hope now of the long awaited super fight between the two women ever happening. "If you ask me, that fight’s over. That fight was just holding on by a string as it was because, if you ask me, Ronda was never going to agree to that fight." Parillo told The Extra Rounds Podcast on Wed.
"We’re talking about a girl that’s just been knocked out, twice. Cris is dominating her division. The hype for that is starting to tilt away, I think. I think they’ll be more hype for Amanda Nunes vs. Cris 'Cyborg.' It’s hard to see them ever matching up. They couldn’t get it together before the fight. This just set her back a whole lifetime."
On the bright side, Parillo says that since they are no longer really rivals, Rousey and Justino can now become training partners. "They could train together, now," the coach continued.
"Cris could help Ronda improve. I wouldn’t mind see Ronda come down and work with Cris a little bit."
Geography and distance certainly wouldn't be an obstacle for such a super training session or two. Rousey works out of Los Angeles' Glendale Fighting Club while Parillo coaches Justino out of the RVCA headquarters just 40 or so miles away.
Parillo did suggest that it is still theoretically possible for Justino and Rousey to fight each another one day, years and years from now. "These girls are both so young. Cris is 30, 31 years old. I don’t see her going anywhere for the next four or five years. A lot can happen in four or five years," he allowed.
"If Ronda is a hungry fighter and still wants to prove to be the competitor and athlete that she is, she’s got plenty of time to come back and do that."
In any case, Rousey's brutal back-to-back losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes in the past year revealed to the world what Parillo says Justino's team has long known - that Rousey would struggle mightily with a striker like "Cyborg." Rousey struggling on the feet in the striking department as she has in her last two outings showed exactly why Parillo and Justino's camp were eager to fight The Rowdy One.
"Oh my God, yeah," he said.
"If we think about it, [Nunes] is only the second girl that [Ronda] has fought that could stand up on her feet. The first girl that could stand up and fight a little [Holm], took her title. The second girl that could stand up and fight a little bit exposed her. It bums me out. I feel bad for Ronda Rousey. I was cheering for Ronda Rousey in that fight. I wanted Cris to get that limelight, of course. Of course that’s what I preferred to see happen."
With the invite formally extended, will Rousey accept?