Well that didn’t take long. It was only yesterday that the camp of Cyborg Santos claimed she’s under doctor’s orders to not cut to 135 lbs, and Ronda Rousey’s manager Darin Harvey has already called bullshit on that bullshit:
“If you ask five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions,” Harvey said in an exclusive interview. “I guarantee you, you can find doctors that’ll say the weight cut will be fine.”
Harvey speculated that the doctor, who went unnamed in the report, is working in the favor of his patient in an effort to force a potential Rousey-Cyborg bout at 145 pounds.
“It all depends on what side they’re working for,” Harvey said. “It’s her doctor. If you’re going to trial, I can find a professional witness to make you look innocent or make you look guilty.”
No kidding. For example, the guy who diagnosed Chael Sonnen’s hypogonadism is a family doctor practicing in a small town that’s a 2-hour drive away from Sonnen’s home in the Portland suburbs. Or like Alistair Overeem’s doctor who apparently didn’t think twice about giving shitloads of testosterone to a pro fighter without his knowledge. You see where I’m going with this.
“We want that fight because it’s a big money fight,” he said. “We want to fight Cyborg and I think Ronda can beat her at any weight. But I believe if she’s not taking drugs, 135 pounds will be absolutely no problem.
“I don’t want to see anyone get hurt long-term … but my personal belief is she can lose the weight. She would just prefer an advantage to fight at 145 pounds. And I think we have the advantage at 135.”
Pretty much stating the obvious so far. And then there’s this bit:
“At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda,” Harvey said in response to Rousey considering the move up in weight. “I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see.
“I think it’s a million-plus Pay-Per-View fight, so we have to take those things into consideration.”
I’m not so sure about the PPV sales, but we shouldn’t be surprised if Ronda changes her tune about jumping weight if Dana White sweetens the pot enough. Long term though, it still makes sense for the fight to happen at bantamweight. The talent pool is small enough at 135, and besides Cyborg, they’ve kinda already run out of opponents for Rousey. So who else is Cyborg supposed to fight at 145 besides more blown-up bantamweights?