The fight card of UFC 198 is pretty much set up already but it seems the MMA promotion company is still looking to add one more high profile bout. According to new reports, a match between Cristiane Justino and Miesha Tate could happen this May at the pay-per-view event.
Of course, if most fans had their way, the fight would probably be between Ronda Rousey and Justino, also known as Cyborg. Even before coming to the UFC, bad blood has been brewing between the two fighters when they were still with Strikeforce.
However, a fight featuring the two never materialized because of the weight issue. Cyborg, who is the current Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion, currently weighs at 144 pounds. Former UFC Women's Bantamweight champ Rousey, on the other hand, maintains a steady 135.
Although Justino is willing to drop down her weight, she just couldn't seem to do it. Rousey, however, consistently refused to jump up a weight class.
But then, last Friday, reigning UFC Bantamweight title holder Miesha Tate was at Australia during a Q&A session with sports fans when she was asked regarding a potential fight against Justino.
According to her, there have been talks regarding the fight but she has never heard any confirmations from the UFC. But, she noted that if weight is an issue again, she's willing to bulk up and set the fight at 140 pounds.
"I've been hearing rumors or something that supposedly she's coming to the UFC, but I've been hearing it for such a long time, I just really don't know," she said according to Fox Sports. "I don't have that confirmed. But I am open to that fight."
"Maybe doing it at a catchweight at 140," she added. "I have nothing but respect for Cyborg. She freaking eats girls for breakfast, so she's amazing."
Aside from Tate, Ariel Helwani of UFC tonight also offered a few details regarding Justino's appearance at UFC 198. According to him, the UFC is currently negotiating a deal with her promoters and trying to find out if she's willing to fight at either 140 or 145 pounds, 411 Mania reported.
UFC 198 is scheduled to take place on May 14 and will be held at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. The eve3nt will be highlighted by fights between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic, Ronaldo Souza and Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva and Uriah Hall, and Mauricio Rua and Corey Anderson.