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Cris Cyborg bantamweight debut coming to Fight Pass this December

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Invicta FC featherweight champion and the former #1 P4P female fighter on the planet, Cris Cyborg, will be making her bantamweight debut this December. Invicta President Shannon Knapp confirmed with MMAJunkie that Cristiane Justino will fight at Invicta FC 10 against a TBD opponent. Invicta recently made a deal with the UFC to air all of their fight cards on the promotions online streaming service – Fight Pass – for the foreseeable future. The first card to air on Fight Pass will be Invicta FC 8, which goes down on September 6th and features two title fights.

When it comes to Cyborg moving down in weight, the end game is of course a UFC title fight with current #1 P4P female Ronda Rousey. Cyborg’s walk around weight when she competed at featherweight was around 180 lbs. As reported by MMAJunkie in the aforementioned article, Cyborg will be employing the services of performance and conditioning specialist Tony Aponte in an effort to get her walk around weight down to 155 lbs for her upcoming 135 lbs debut for Invicta.

It’s likely that Cyborg’s former manager, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, has been at least part of the reason that her inevitable UFC debut has been delayed. Ortiz was quoted in a press conference early last year saying that he believed his client would “die” if she cut down from 145 lbs to 135 lbs. That kind of childish posturing to get Rousey to move up and meet Cyborg in a catchweight fight didn’t fly with UFC President Dana White after the duo changed their tune saying she could compete at bantamweight.

“They come out with this press conference where he says she will die if she goes to 135. So, I’m going to go before an athletic commission and say I want to make a fight between Ronda Rousey and Cyborg at 135 pounds? She’s on record saying she’ll die.” 

The last time Cyborg fought professionally was on March 28th of this year when she dropped a unanimous decision to Dutch kickboxer Jorina Baars at Lion Fight 14. The fight didn’t hurt Cyborg’s stock in the MMA since it was fought under Muay Thai rules. Lion Fight has had their share of fight of the year contenders so far during this calendar year, and Baars vs. Cyborg was certainly one of them. Muay Thai fans are clamoring for a rematch between the two; if this was to go down it’d have to happen sooner rather than later. Once Cyborg signs with the UFC, she becomes exclusive to them.

Who Cyborg will fight at Invicta FC 10 remains to be seen. Invicta FC’s bantamweight champion Lauren Murphy recently signed with the UFC to fight Sara McMann next month in Maine at UFC Fight 47. Cyborg versus Murphy would’ve been a dream fight, and still could be a reality down the road should both women win their upcoming respective fights.

The most likely option would be Ediane Gomes or Tonya Evinger. A title fight at 145 lbs between Cyborg and Gomes has been booked, and scrapped on multiple occasions for one reason or another. Gomes will be dropping back down to 135 lbs to take on Evinger at Invicta FC 8.

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  1. John

    July 12, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I recall one of the reasons for the delay of a Cyborg and Gomes matchup was an injury to Gomes last year. Does anyone know what the reason for the matchup originally scheduled for Invicta 8?

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