Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has officially laid her ‘beef’ with the UFC’s former 135lb champion Ronda Rousey to rest with a classy and admirable response to her latest setback.
Ronda Rousey has come under a lot of criticism in recent times, in part due to her underwhelming 48-second return to MMA last month against Amanda Nunes, but also due to her insistence on shunning all media obligation both before and immediately after her brutally swift defeat.
On the same night at UFC 207, the men’s bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz lost his own championship belt after being dominated by Team Alpha Males’ Cody Garbrandt for five rounds and for many, epitomised class and humility in his post-fight press conference. Cruz chose to face the media standing up and made no attempt to underplay the performance of his opponent or resort to excuses. It was an interview that gained him the praise of even his most fervent detractors and one that highlighted the negligence of Rousey to an even greater extent.
Despite all of the backlash that the Olympic-judoka has received in the last week or so, today, one of her greatest rivals has extended an olive branch of sorts to her and with that, has received the admiration of the MMA community as a whole for squashing the beef.
Yesterday, Rousey made a post to her official Instagram page, quoting the famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in what was her first bit of social media activity since her aforementioned loss.
Now, Cyborg has taken to that very same post’s comments section to congratulate Ronda on her career and voice her own appreciation for what the armbar specialist has done for the sport.
“I was sad to see the loss of the sports star,” she wrote. “But you have so much ahead of you and [are] blessed with the financial security to pursue all your passions. You opened the door for more promotion and grew into a sport icon. Enjoy the next chapter of life and know you’ve got amazing opportunities to continue changing the world.”
It’s always nice to see when animosity can be brushed aside in the wake of a defeat in this sport. Indeed, we never had the chance to see these two great warriors battle inside the octagon, but with this heartfelt message, there is a sense of closure to be found from it all if Rousey does choose to hang up her gloves for good.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena