The only way that Cris “Cyborg” Justino has been able to fight in the Octagon thus far is to take a bout outside of her usual weight class. Now, the Invicta FC featherweight champion is calling on the UFC to institute her division of 145 pounds.
Currently, the UFC has two weight classes for women, the 115-pound strawweight class and the 135-pound bantamweight class. The promotion has held a women’s bout at 125 pounds, which is flyweight, but it doesn’t yet have a full-on division at that weight.
UFC president Dana White has said that the women’s flyweight class will be the next division the promotion adds, but said they need more time to get enough women involved to have a full weight class. Cyborg, however, is calling for her division in the Octagon, and has a supporting argument.
“Every UFC bantamweight in the history of the female division has fought at 145 pounds. Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, and Amanda Nunes,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.
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“None of these girls have ever fought lighter than 135 pounds. Currently there is not one girl in the bantamweight division’s Top 10 to have fought their entire career at 135 and half of the girls ranked in the bantamweight Top 10 are on a losing streak,” she added.
“I am the only MMA world champion to have ever successfully went down in weight to compete in a superfight, while still holding the world title. I deserve my own division.”
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