When Cristiane Justino announced she would be dropping down to the bantamweight division last month one big question was raised: why didn't the drop come any sooner?
"Cyborg" and her former manager Tito Ortiz had previously said that the Brazilian could "die" if she dropped down to the 135 pound weight class. Justino then decided to sign with Invicta FC to be released from her Zuffa contract. As it turns out that wasn't a smart move at all.
If the 28-year old had made this decision last year she would most likely be in the UFC right now and quite possibly be the world champion. But her, or maybe her former managers, refusal to attempt making the weight put a stop to that.
Well according to weight cutting guru Mike Dolce, Justino could have made bantamweight years ago and even turned down the services of the expert dietitian:
"'Cyborg' could have been making 135 for years," Dolce told FOXsports. "It was just a choice for them not to. Unfortunately, it hurt the sport of women's mixed martial arts and it hurt Cris Cyborg's career."
Justino said she plans on having her first fight at bantamweight in Invicta for the 135 pound title, after that she wants Ronda Rousey for the UFC belt. But whether that happens or not we are yet to find out.
One other fighter who Dolce spoke briefly about was former Strikeforce featherweight champion Gina Carano. The 31-year old Carano has been rumoured for a upcoming fight with Rousey after UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan, said there would be a "huge announcement" regarding "Rowdy's" next opponent in upcoming weeks.
However, with Carano having already struggled making 140 pounds it seems unlikely she could make 135, but that's not how Dolce sees it. The former UFC competitor thinks he could easily get the former champion down to the bantamweight division:
"I believe so," Dolce said. "Just based on my resume and past experience, I think that would be pretty easy."
Dana White has previously said the promotion has no plans to sign Carano, but you can't always take the UFC's presidents word and with Dolce saying he can easily get her down to 135 White may have a change of heart.
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