“When I wanted to fight her it was because she was at the top of her game and she had all of the confidence in the world,” Cyborg said in September.
“She had not been KO’d twice in a row and some people were actually saying she could beat Floyd Mayweather in a fight.
“Both of us are now at different chapters in our careers and for me that chapter is finished.”
But now, as she prepares to defend her bantamweight title against Holly Holm, the first fighter to take Rousey down in the UFC, Cyborg is leaving the door open for a clash with the former champ.
“I don’t know, I don’t think this fight’s going to happen,” Cyborg told TMZ of a possible meeting with Rousey. “I think when she was at her peak of her career she wants to fight me. But if she wants to one day fight, maybe this fight could happen.”
Whether or not the one-time dream matchup actually occurs, Cyborg feels that her UFC 219 bout with Holm on December 30 will show how she would have fared against Rousey years ago.
“I think each fight is a challenge for me,” Cyborg told The MMA Hour last week. “I think when I fight with Holly and beat Holly, I’m gonna beat Ronda at the same time. Everybody that follows my career knows how much I did for this fight to happen, and didn’t happen.
“I think if I beat Holly I’m gonna beat Ronda the same day. I feel like that because Holly fought Ronda, and when this fight happened, Dana (White) said if Ronda beat Holly, (her) next fight would be Cyborg, and then Holly stopped Ronda before. Just people think about, simple.”