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Who's Next: Rousey on Cyborg?

It's the natural progression of things.

Champion wins, media asks, "Who's next?" 

But for certain champions it's not so much "who" but "when."  As in when will Ronda Rousey fight Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos?

"There are a lot of accomplished and honorable women fighters that deserve title shots ahead of her," Rousey said during a satellite interview with Fox 11's James Koh.  "Sara McMann won a silver medal at the Olympics in wrestling and is undefeated at this point.  That's the kind of girl that deserves a title shot ahead of some fraud."

Rousey continues to maintain the mindset that because she is the champion in the UFC's only female division, she shouldn't have to make exceptions to fight Santos. 

Least of all finding a catchweight to accommodate one of, if not the most feared female fighter on the planet but a fighter who was caught using anabolic steroids just one year ago.

"If you're pumped full of steroids and the lightest you can get is 145 then if you're clean it's assumed you can get lighter," Rousey said.  "She's the one that should be trying to make all the changes to try and clear her name instead of walking around and saying everyone should make all kinds of exceptions for her."

With the failed drug test looming large in the minds of many, Rousey said the 135-pound weight limit would offer her some protection.

"I don't care about the drugs," Rousey said.  "If she makes the weight I don't care if she's injecting horse semen into her eyeballs.  It's just as much of a detriment as a help for her to take steroids and make a division like that."

"If Cyborg doesn't want to make the weight and they really want to over negotiate and ask for too much money and asked to be released from the UFC, we're not going to chase them down, we don't need them," Rousey said.  "She needs me, I don't need her.  If she wants to come around and do something sensible for once she'll come to the only division that exists and fight for the only title that matters.  If not, whatever, I'll fight other people and she can just fade in obscurity."

"If Dana asked me to do it, I would do it, but Dana's a sensible guy and I don't think he wants to encourage the kind of behavior she's been displaying," Rousey said. "They're asking for an exorbitant amount of money and trying to over negotiate the contract and when you try that with Dana too much he's going to get pissed off and say screw you and we're going to do it without you.  That's pretty much what's been going on to my knowledge."

Rousey who injured her jaw at UFC 157 when challenger, Liz Carmouche attempted a neck crank, said until recently it was incredibly painful to even yawn but despite that, Rousey said she never even thought about tapping out.

"I wasn't close to tapping at all, it's a pain move," Rousey said of the submission attempt. "It's not really something I have to worry about being unable to compete anymore.  It was extremely painful.  Pain is something you choose whether or not to acknowledge."

Perhaps easing some of her discomfort is how much her life off the mat has improved due to her exploding popularity and subsequent pay checks.

"A year ago, I don't know if I was in the apartment with no gas or the house that looked like it was from ‘Hoarders' that I found on Craigslist," Rousey said.  "I had a car that only had one window working and no air conditioner.  I had almost no time for laundry so I would just take all my stuff and dump it in the back so I'm pretty sure I had an eco-system in the back as well."

"It was a little rough for a while, but I kept thinking at the time ‘This is all temporary, it's just the beginning of a really interesting autobiography,'" Rousey said smiling widely.  "It's starting to work out like that, all we need to do that is write a book!"

Reflecting back, Rousey said the biggest change in her life has come in the form of where she lives.

"I have a house in the location that I always dreamed of, pretty much a few blocks from where I grew up, and I got a really, really cool car," said Rousey laughing.  "And I have a big enough place where I can bring in all my best friends and I can be a really valuable resource for them and help them out in whatever they're doing.  The best thing is that I get to pay it forward a lot."

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