Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino will make her bantamweight debut at Invicta FC 10 on Dec. 5. If all goes well, Cyborg will remain at bantamweight, and quite likely, eventually get a shot at UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.
Although it’s the fight nearly everyone wants to see, fans and pundits alike, there is no guarantee that Cyborg vs. Rousey will take place, even if the Brazilian can safely make 135 pounds and remain successful in that weight class.
While Cyborg wants the fight with Rousey above all others, if she remains healthy at 135 pounds, it opens up a wealth of opportunities for the former Strikeforce 145-pound champion.
“I try my best for all my fans. I wanna make 135 to maybe make the fight with Ronda Rousey,” Cyborg said in a recent interview with Submission Radio, but admitted Rousey is her primary focus, not her sole focus.
While there are a number of opponents for her at featherweight, even aside from Rousey, the bantamweight division has a significantly larger faction of top competitors for her to face.
“I think because of having more girls in 135 than 145, if it’s possible that I make 135 and I’m still good and still healthy, I think I can keep (fighting at) 135,” she said. “I’ll be happy because I can fight more times per year. 145 has girls, but does not have girls like in 135, and I think it has more opportunity for me, and for sure if I make 135 I want to fight Ronda Rousey, for sure.”
But as Cyborg noted, she has to make 135 pounds before a fight with Rousey even arrives on the radar.
So far, so good.
Two months out from her bantamweight debut, Cyborg has changed her diet and says the process of getting down to the lower weight class is going well. She’s enlisted professional help, and believes that she will be ready on Dec. 5.
“It’s going good. It’s successful now and I think I’ll be okay in December at 135.”
If she makes 135 and wins in December, Cyborg believes Rousey and the UFC will have no more excuses for not making the fight happen.
“I think she keeps talking and keeps running,” said Cyborg. “I think if I make 135, she cannot run anymore, because everybody, all the fans want to watch the fight, and I think the only way for this fight to happen and to make her shut up is to make 135.”