Cyborg has a title to defend
By Edward Carbajal
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino made her UFC debut at UFC 198 last weekend in the devastating manor she was expected to. She was able to finish the very tough, Leslie Smith in the first round and did so in her native country of Brazil. The fight was at a catch-weight of 140 pounds outside of any weight competed in regularly within the UFC's women's divisions.
Justino made a lot of news when Ronda Rousey was still the bantamweight champion, calling her out for a fight. She wants to fight the best in the world, and when this news was trending Rousey was the one to beat. The problem was settling on a weight class, Rousey does her best work at 135 pounds; Justino is still the 145 pound champion at Invicta FC. The ten pound difference always seemed to come up with who would gain or lose the ten pounds? Why would Rousey move up? Why should Justino go down? Making her debut in the UFC was inevitable; she did that and did so weighing in at 139 pounds, four pounds away from being a bantamweight. Someone seems to want to fight, no matter the weight class.
During the broadcast of UFC Tonight following UFC 198 it was announced a bout with Germaine de Randamie was in the works for UFC 201. Justino was quick to refute that claim, reminding fans that she has a title at Invicta FC she plans on defending.
Justino is doing something some champions as of late, are not doing. She’s defending the title she fought so hard to win. She is also fighting out of her division when she can. Should she risk her health cutting weight? She probably could, but she’s the featherweight champion at Invicta FC. Why should she chase anyone now?
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.