How much strength do you think Cyborg has kept since her juicing days?
Standing up, Cyborg will obliterate Rousey. Juice or no juice. So we’ll have to see how much Rousey can weather the storm of getting kneed and punched repeatedly trying to get Cyborg on the ground. Honestly haven’t watched enough of Cyborg’s fights to know what level her ground skills are. That steroid enhanced gorilla strength will no doubt help Cyborg on the ground until it gets technical. So is her ground fighting the equal of Rousey?
I understand you’re an experienced black belt in judo, so you’d know better than most. Definitely more than me when it comes to grappling.[/quote]
Call me biased but Cyborg is a BEAST, with or without juicing. Let’s not forget she was suspended for using a weight loss steroid. I really don’t think she’s still juicing and Shannon Knapp knows she’s taking a big risk by signing her on Invicta. I won’t be surprised if she had requested Cyborg to piss before her every single day before the fight vs Muxlow, lol.
Cyborg has a lot to lose now. She made a fucking stupid mistake and I hope she won’t be a fucking fool again. She even looked noticeable smaller in her latest fight. You don’t need steroids to pummel someone like that. The Beast/Rage mode is ingrained in her. She’s a fucking killing machine and, Rousey, will be crushed, battered and forced to piss blood if she carries on running into clinches. Tate caught her with a nice right hand when she did that. And Tate ain’t even on Santos calibre.
As for the fight, if it were to happen, Cyborg is a better striker, she’s stronger, and even if Rousey gets the clinch and takes it to the floor, Cyborg will be capable of defending against that armbar trick. I actually expect her to fight for her limb or neck, but in less subdued Fitch mode. She’s got excellent Muay Thai and BJJ skills. She still takes part in Jiu Jitsu tournaments in Brazil, I think, and her grappling is at level that Rousey has yet to encounter. So it’ll be interesting to see how they both fare on the ground against each other.
As a fellow ex-Judoka, I know it would be more advantageous for Rousey, also an experienced black belt, to keep the fight on the ground. I would also say I could see a quick submission from Rousey – don’t get me started on Black belt Judokas vs Purple belt JJ – but I’m biased. Cyborg may not have the same ground skills as Rousey but she is fucking strong. I’d also remind you that Rousey had a bit of scare vs Carmouche on the ground. So she ain’t that invincible. Anything can happen. I’d love her to panic and lose her train of thoughts as to where and how to apply the next choke or lock while her head or ribs gets ruthlessly pounded by Cyborg’s vicious fists and knees.
The odds of Rousey winning with an armbar against the Beast? 0. ZERO. NIL. She has no chance. Besides, her striking and boxing combos are so poor, so fucking laughable that I’m confident she will be pummelled into a coma before that happens. The ref won’t even get the chance to jump in for a stoppage.