Invicta Fighting Championships officials on Tuesday revealed that Ediane Gomes sustained a rig injury in training that forced her out of a planned Invicta FC 5 bout with former Strikeforce champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos.
The two were to be one of the featured bouts on the April 5 fight card in Kansas City.
Invicta moved swiftly, however, shuffling the Invicta FC 5 main card. They pulled Fiona Muxlow from her featherweight bout with Julia Budd to fight Cyborg. Invicta will announce a new opponent for Budd shortly.
Cyborg became a key signing for Invicta when, upon returning from a yearlong suspension after testing positive for steroids, she was unable to come to terms with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
She will instead fight for Invicta, making her first appearance in the cage at Invicta FC 5, just under a year and a half since her last fight.
Known for her aggression and knockout power, Cyborg (10-1 with 1 no contest) now looks to her fight with Muxlow as the first step towards redemption following a trying 14-month absence.
Fighting out of Australia, Muxlow (6-2) is on her own quest for redemption. She had a three-fight winning streak halted by Marloes Coenen – another former Strikeforce champion – at Dream 18 on New Year’s Eve.