Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino injured her left ankle, suffering a full thickness rupture of the anterior talofibular ligament, and has been forced to withdraw from her scheduled bantamweight debut in the main event of Invicta FC 10, the promotion announced on Saturday.
Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson (12-3) now headlines Invicta FC 10 when against Brazilian challenger Herica Tiburcio (8-2).
Waterson is coming off the first defense of her title, a technical knockout over Yasuko Tamada in September. The win marked the champion’s 10th finish in 12 career victories.
Tiburcio, currently riding a three-fight winning streak, was slated to make her promotional debut at Invicta FC 9, but visa issues forced her off the card. Six of the 22-year-old challenger’s career wins have come via submission.
Invicta FC 10 will take place at the Arena Theatre in Houston on Friday, Dec. 5. Tickets for the event go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. ET and can be purchased at the venue box office, via charge-by-phone by calling 713-772-5900 or online at arenahouston.com.
Additional bouts for Invicta FC 10 will be announced in the coming weeks.