Odds favor Ronda Rousey in potential super-fight vs Cris Cyborg


MANILA, Philippines – Betting odds are heavily in favor of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey if the super-fight against Invicta FC featherweight titleholder Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino materializes.

According to MMAOddsBreaker.com, Rousey is listed as the -450 favorite in a hypothetical bout versus Justino, who is labeled as the +360 underdog.

In layman’s terms, a bet of $450 on Rousey would net an additional $100. On the opposite end, a $100-wager on Justino would earn $360.

As Rousey walks tall following a 34-second demolition of Bethe Correia over the weekend, talks about a highly-anticipated encounter with Justino are brewing.

Justino (14-1, 1 NC) is currently planning a drop to 140 pounds later this year, with the desire of eventually challenging Rousey for the 135-pound division’s top prize in 2016.

The world’s premier mixed martial arts organization stated on numerous occasions that the marquee match-up must take place at 135 pounds as the company currently does not promote a 145-pound weight class.

Meanwhile, UFC officials already confirmed that Rousey (12-0) would cross paths with Miesha Tate for the third time on a yet-to-be-announced date.

Tate (17-5), the only woman that has made it out of the first round versus Rousey, became the No.1 contender after attaining a unanimous decision victory over Jessica Eye this past July.

Rousey has opened the betting lines as the -1,200 favorite against Tate, who is categorized as the +775 underdog.

“Even though I’m opening Rousey as a heavy favorite over Tate, I feel Tate has a better shot against Rousey than anyone else currently in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Tate is the only fighter to make it out of the first round against Rousey and she did showcase some improved striking power in her last fight against Jessica Eye,” Nick Kalikas of MMAOddsBreaker.com explained.

Tate dropped the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight belt to Rousey via first-round submission in March 2012 before tapping out once more in their December 2013 rematch.

In an interview with Rappler last May, Tate asserted that she will fully utilize her striking leverage when she meets her arch-nemesis inside the Octagon again.

“I need to have more confidence in my striking and understand that I was winning there. And I don’t have to feel pressured to try to take her down. You know that I can stand and strike with her and not to rush anything,” Tate said. – Rappler.com