Following her UFC debut in Curitiba, Brazil, everyone has been wondering what’s next for Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino. What’s immediately next is easy. She is going to defend her Invicta FC 145-pound title.
But that’s where things get somewhat fuzzy.
In an open letter to her fans, Cyborg on Tuesday stated that she would defend her belt and this sit down with her team and see what is next. Will that include returning to the UFC? She hopes so, but Cyborg also feels that she has something bigger to fight for outside of bending to the will of others who want her to compete at 135 pounds.
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Cyborg, in her letter, called for the UFC to level the playing field for women in the Octagon, saying that she will “fight for all of (women)” and make the UFC “give the women the same opportunities the men are being given.”
Cyborg reiterated that she fully intends to continue to defend her 145-pound championship and fight for inclusion of that weight class, but also that she was open to taking catchweight super fights. She did not directly say that she would never fight at 135 pounds, but the tone of what she said certainly cast a enormous shadow of doubt over the idea.
Cris Cyborg’s Open Letter in its entirety:
“I am so grateful to my fans and the sport of #WMMA!! I am getting thousands of messages from girls all over the world thanking me for standing up.
I won’t abandon you or my weight division! Not all of us weigh 115 ….View full article