Bulldozing 145-pound Invicta FC champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino finally made her long-awaited Octagon debut on the main card of last night’s (May 14, 2016) UFC 198 from her home of Curitiba, Brazil.
Justino has long been considered to be one of the most feared female fighters on the planet, and she showed why last night when she demolished Leslie Smith in just over a minute in their 140-pound catch weight bout.
“Cyborg” has always been linked to a potential super fight with previously dominant bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but the weight discrepancy along with the fact that Justino wasn’t signed with the UFC had always prevented that.
Now with one of the two barriers out of the way, and the weight appearing to be less of an issue, the fight may become more of a reality, although “Cyborg” opted not to call the “Rowdy” one out last night:
“I believe it was my moment. Tonight was my moment, it was historic.” Cyborg told FOX Sports. “I never thought I’d be sitting here tonight. I never thought I’d be here after everything I went through and it’s a historic moment for me. Talking about her is something that people are going to talk about, but I let my fans decide on who my opponent will be and I just have to be ready.”
Touching on the weight, Justino admitted that she felt strong last night, but also revealed that she’d like to continue to defend her Invicta strap:
“I’ve been training for two years to be able to make weight yesterday. And I felt very well tonight and I believe I can do other superfights, but I’m going to continue my weight class,” she said. “I’ve been the champion for some time and I want female MMA to grow, and I don’t think it’s the right thing for me to abandon my weight class.”
Less than 24 hours after her first UFC victory, it appears as if “Cyborg” has enjoyed her moment enough, taking to her official Twitter account to call out Rousey for a potential fight at UFC 205 this November in New York:
— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) May 15, 2016
Rousey has been out of action since shockingly being knocked out by Holly Holm last November, and it’s expected that she’ll return at Madison Square Garden, although likely in a title fight.
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