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Friday, 03/28/2014, 12:07 pm

Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino Is Fighting Her Way To Ronda Rousey


The possibility of a fight between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Ronda Rousey is becoming more and more real.

This Friday, Cyborg will be facing two-time champion Jorina Baars in a scheduled ‘Lion Fights’ Muay Thai fight, where they will crown their first 145 pounds women’s champion. After that, she will return to Invicta in May for another fight at 145, then bounce back to Lion Fights in July for another Muay Thai fight, and then – finally - she will be making her debut in the 135 division, for an Invicta fight in either August or September.

I (will) try to make 135,” she said. “I will try. I think it’s very important to make 135 so I can fight for the belt, and because I want to keep that weight class because there are more girls I can fight. I can fight a superfight. I’m already the champ at 145 (she holds the featherweight title with Invicta). I don’t want to be selfish. I want one more belt. If I can fight at 135 for the belt, it’s okay. I can fight at 145 and be more healthy. But it’s not possible at 145 or a catch weight because Ronda is running from me. If I make 135, Ronda can’t run.”

One can’t help but wonder if the two females wouldn’t have already met in the cage, had it not been for Cyborg’s failed drug test at the end of 2011. That failed test ushered in a very tough year for one of the toughest women on planet earth… she was out of the sport she loved for a year, she divorced her MMA-fighting husband Evangelista ”Cyborg” Santos, and she watched as the UFC slid Ronda’s Strikeforce championship right into their fold – something that could have happened with Cyborg’s belt as well.

For me, it was a hard time,” she said. “I know everything happens for a reason. I grew so much personally. I now know who is with me. You find the true people who like you. I always live my life for God. God has good plans for me. I’m always training. I think God wants the best for me. In God I trust, so I’m kept going and kept training to follow my dream.”

Since that failed test back in 2011, Cyborg hasn’t had a single issue since. Including a random, “surprise” test just weeks ago, which she passed just fine.

I did a test and I’m clean,” she said. “I tell people, I’ll take a test anytime, so if I make 135, she (Rousey) has no excuse to run anymore.”

Cyborg’s strong convictions and trust in God’s plan is what led her to sign a deal with Invicta, a little over a year ago, turning down a multi-fight deal with the larger UFC.

I felt in my heart it was better to go to Invicta,” she said.

God said go to Invicta and I followed him. The contract with UFC was very hard, eight fights at 135 pounds. I didn’t know if it (making 135 pounds) was possible. I followed by heart, went to Invicta, and fought at my weight.”

And now that Cyborg plans on getting to that magical 135 number? Well, it’s not as simple as just running, sweating, and watching the pounds fly off.

I love to run,” she said. “I always run. But from running, it makes no change (in weight). I run eight miles every day, no change. I have to change a little my food, my dieting, I change something To make a difference, (I have to) not only run.

I have to do something different for my health. I think it’ll be okay (making 135). I want to make this. I’ve been disciplined and (am) training to try and make 135.”

A healthy, in-shape 135 pound Cyborg, against Ronda Rousey… yeah. That’s a PPV I’d pay to see.

What about you, Penn Nation?

(Quotes courtesy of mmafighting.com.)

By Jim Chadwick | Twitter

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