Morning Report: Ronda Rousey slams Cris Cyborg, 'she's not even a woman anymore. She's an 'it.'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Booked to face Alexis Davis Jul. 5 at UFC 175, women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey can't avoid talk of her nemesis, Cris Cyborg. The cold war between the two has heated up in past months, but the resolve to keep Cyborg on the outs seems stronger than ever. While UFC president Dana White reaffirmed his concerns over Cyborg making the 135 pound weight limit, Rousey is more worried about the life of her division.

"I've said before, I don't care if she's injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I'll fight her, but that's just my personal decision," Rousey told Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole. "But I can't make a decision for the whole division. I can't say it's the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she's not even a woman anymore. She's an 'it.' It's not good for the women's division. It's not good at all.

"If she comes in the UFC and I beat the [expletive] out of her and then I retire and become an action movie star, then the UFC is still going to be stuck with her. The division could die. She could ruin the whole sport. Even though it's a fight a lot of people want to see, even if I beat the living crap out of her, it won't be good for the sport because then she'd still be in the UFC."

Following a 16 second TKO destruction of Hiroko Yamanaka in December 2011, Cyborg tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. With her final Strikeforce bout ruled a no contest, Cyborg was fined $2,500 and suspended one year by the California State Athletic Commission. In January 2012 White stripped Cyborg of the Strikeforce 145 pound women's title, 'killing the division,' as he put it.

"I'd be honored to fight a competitor like Gina, who is an example of what real respect and honor is in the cage," Rousey said. "I really think with Cyborg taking all of those steroids and hormones and then going into the cage, it's like going in with a weapon. It's certainly very negligent, but it's also criminal. I believe, it really is. Promoting her would be promoting that act and I think it would be wrong in every way.

"I think it should be like the Olympics. If you [expletive] up once, you're not going to the [expletive] Olympics. There should be a zero tolerance policy where if you're caught doing anything, you should be done [expletive] forever."

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC on FOX 11 post-fight presser highlights.

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Dana talks Werdum and Tate.

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Highlights from Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza.

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Bobby Lashley wants to fight in WSOF, says he's never had a training camp longer than two weeks.

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Georges St-Pierre wants to be in Star Wars.

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Long watches.

Dana White UFC on FOX 11 post-fight scrum video

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TWEETS

As always, make sure to check out our Pros React piece for an instant reaction from UFC on FOX 11.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

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Get well soon.

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More from Chael.

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Sounds promising.

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Hungry.

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Wow.

(HT to FOX Sports)

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Lookin' good.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.

Carano: The impossible sell.

I'll keep my own views on Carano out of this. From an observation perspective, the loyal long time UFC and MMA fans are not going to be sold on how the immediate title match makes sense. Further, the UFC fighters themselves may have some pretty strong feelings of disagreement, but those feelings will never be made public.

Dana White is selling us that the fight makes sense and he would put an immediate title match on between Carano vs. Rousey. The fight makes complete sense from a mainstream and business perspective. People with a lighter knowledge will see champion vs. champion and will be swept up into it.

I'm suggesting the long time MMA fans will see this fight for what it is. I have a hard time believing that all the negative comments all over the MMA websites is going to switch over at some point. If the marketing machine starts, I don't believe that the hardcore fans will change over. I don't believe the fighters on the UFC roster will be thrilled with it either. If anything, it will be educational for the current fighters to see how to make a payday in MMA. If you have star power, things happen. Fairness and what's right doesn't always synch with the best business decisions. Heck, title shots before have been granted when they didn't stand up to the fairness meter.

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