Cris Cyborg reacts to not fighting for the UFC's inaugural featherweight title
Cris Cyborg has broken her silence on not fighting for the UFC’s inaugural 145-pound title
Earlier today, UFC officials announced former bantamweight champion Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie will do battle for the promotion’s inaugural women’s featherweight title at UFC 208 in February.
While the introduction of the women’s 145-pound division into the UFC isn’t a surprise, the two names tied to the title fight most certainly are.
Noticeably absent is Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino, who’s essentially held every single women’s featherweight title on the planet.
But in an interview with Champions.co, the Invicta FC champion broke her silence on the recent booking.
“[The UFC] knows who the real featherweight world champion is. I’ve worked 11 years of my career to make this division happen,” she said. “I’m glad the UFC finally made [the division]. They just want to sell a fight. The real fans know the truth.”
In terms of competition, Justino (17-1), who is Invicta FC featherweight champion, made her UFC debut in May with a violent first-round knockout over Leslie Smith in their 140-pound catchweight bout at UFC 198. She followed this up with another first round destruction, this time against Lina Länsberg in the main event of UFC Fight Night 95 this past September.
The Brazilian recently made headlines after UFC President Dana White revealed the 31-year-old turned down two opportunities to fight for the promotion’s inaugural 145-pound women’s title, including a fight against Holm.
Justino would later respond that she had told the UFC the weight cuts to 140-pounds were too much on her body. As a result, she would require a full 12-week camp for any future bout in order for her body to recover from “almost dying” from her past weight cuts.
To date, 15 of her 17 career wins have come by way of (T)KO, including nine within the opening frame.
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