Although it was once of MMA’s hottest feuds, Cristiane Justino says she currently holds no ill will toward Ronda Rousey.
When Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was ruling the sport as UFC women’s bantamweight champion, she would consistently rip Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) with harsh comments. “Cyborg,” who fights Tonya Evinger for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight belt on Saturday at UFC 214, would often fire back. But since Rousey has essentially moved on from the sport, the rivalry has fizzled.
Justino said at today’s UFC 214 open workouts that she no longer concerns herself with Rousey and has let go of any negative feelings.
“I don’t have anything against Ronda,” Justino said. “I think she did a lot of things for MMA. We can talk. I’ve never met her before, but I think she did great things for women’s MMA. She said a lot of things about me, but I think she used that time for growing her. She did it for business and not something personal, because I never met her. But I don’t have anything against her.”
UFC 214 takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Justino meets Evinger on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FXX and UFC fight Pass.
When Justino was asked if she would ever be willing to meet with Rousey and smooth things over in person, she left the door open to it.
“Maybe one day,” Justino said. “We don’t know.”
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