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The soap opera between Cris "Cyborg" Justino and "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey, each considered the best at what they do, has become the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao of the MMA world. It's been years since a fight was first discussed, and it's still never happened. Chances of it finally happening are getting smaller each day.

However, Cyborg isn't willing to give up that hope just yet.

“I respect all the girls, regardless of who they are,” Cyborg told during a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil. “But, I believe there’s a ‘novela’ (Brazilian soap opera) between Ronda and I that we need to finish. I think that’s a fight everyone wants to watch."

Cyborg has long accused Rousey of running from the fight, despite Rousey's denial. It seems like Cyborg may finally have the upper hand, though. Rousey is no longer the champion, a detail she used frequently when shooting down opportunities for the fight to take place.

“I think they ask the same (questions) to her," she said. "I think everywhere, they ask the same thing. That’s why I think this fight needs to happen. So that we can finish our careers saying we did that great fight and not that we should have done that fight. We did it. So let’s wait. If she takes that initiative. It’s up to her.”

Cyborg will be making her second UFC appearance, this time as the main event, when she faces Lina Lansberg on the UFC Fight Night: Brasilia card, Sept. 24.


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