UFC 198 is set for Cris Justino’s hometown of Curitiba. Better known as Cris Cyborg, she is desperate to be a part of it. She’s the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion, but is hoping to compete inside the Octagon for the first time at the Arena da Baixada.
There are a few obstacles to overcome. For starters, the UFC doesn’t currently have a 145-pound women’s division, but Justino hopes that this will change in the coming months.
“I would love for the UFC to bring in my division. If you look at the top 12 girls ranked at bantamweight (in the UFC), seven of them have fought higher than 135. But I do not think the UFC has to introduce the division to let me fight in their promotion. They have a great relationship with Invicta and I’m sure (president Shannon Knapp) would let me defend my title in Brazil.”
The idea of Justino being allowed to defend her Invicta FC title on a UFC card might sound far fetched, but the Brazilian believes it would be a logical move because it would allow the organization to hand her a title fight in her hometown without having to create a brand new division first.
The fight that fans were most interested in seeing was Justino against Ronda Rousey. It’s a match-up that has been talked about for years, but Cyborg says there is no way she would be able to get down to bantamweight, where Rousey currently fights.
“I cannot make 135 pounds healthily. Before my last weigh-in at Invicta, the (California State Athletic Commission executive director) Andy Foster did one body composition test that said 143 pounds was the lowest weight I could have safely made on that date. I fought three times last year and dieted the entire time with ….View full article