Joe Rogan explains why the UFC should build a division around Cris 'Cyborg'
Cris “Cyborg” put on yet another dominant performance on Saturday night, but for the second time in her UFC career, she had to cut to 140 pounds to do so.
“Cyborg”, the Invicta FC featherweight champion, typically fights at 145 pounds, but she’s made the effort to get as close to 135 pounds as she can to entice some of the world’s best bantamweights to fight her inside the Octagon.
It was already difficult to find women willing to fight “Cyborg” in general, much less go up in weight to do so. Given that fact and the pure agony she puts her body through to get to the catchweight limit of 140 pounds, “Cyborg” has been much more persistent in her calls for the UFC to open up a women’s featherweight division. The promotion, however, has maintained that it doesn’t plan on adding any more women’s divisions anytime soon.
One person in opposition to that strategy is longtime commentator Joe Rogan, who believes that now is the time to build around the Brazilian superstar.
“Cyborg” has been linked to a fight with former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey since before she was even signed to the UFC and said after her win on Saturday that she’s still interested in the fight. But Rousey has opposed fighting “Cyborg” at a catchweight and it’s well-documented how difficult it is for her to get down to 140 pounds, so the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds would likely be out of the question.
Rogan, however, and many others, believe “Cyborg” should be allowed to continue to compete in the UFC regardless of whether the Rousey fight materializes and at her regular fighting weight.
I think that if the @UFC opened up more WMMA divisions the level of talent in each division would grow like it has in new men's divisions.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 25, 2016
The level of talent in each division seems to rise to the standard of the champion. @criscyborg is a killer and would be a fierce champion.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 25, 2016
Obviously this is all just my opinion. @UFC is awesome and it'll all get sorted out eventually. I just had to chirp. I hate hard weight cuts— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 25, 2016