EXCLUSIVE | Cyborg Talks New Muay Thai Fight, Admits She Can Make 135 But Is Best At Higher Weight | BJPENN.COM RADIO
“Cyborg” was recently in the news when she signed on to face renowned kickboxing champion Martina Jindrova at Lion Fight 11 on Sept. 20 that will air on AXS TV. Justino did some muay thai work in her native Brazil many moons ago, but this will be her first high-level go-around in the sport.
“Cyborg” talked about the upcoming challenge as well as her perpetual rivalry with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
About her upcoming muay thai fight, she said that training has been going well and that she’s ready to put on a great show but she is not putting MMA in the rearview mirror anytime soon.
“My focus is MMA,” she said. “But I like to compete in jiu-jitsu, muay thai and wrestling. I think my game will grow more with more experience. I think that I can do both. When I don’t have a MMA fight, I compete in jiu-jitsu and now when I don’t have a MMA fight I can compete in muay thai. I’m very happy because Invicta told me I could and I get to represent Invicta too.”
After winning the Invicta title, “Cyborg” jumped in the ranking over Rousey to get her No. 1 spot back.
“Everybody thought I was the best woman in MMA but after a year of no fighting, she grew more and more,” she said. “But I think for her to be the best in the world she has to fight me. The problem is the weight. She is 135 and I’m 145. But all the fans want the fight. I go into the cage to fight the best. I don’t need to prove it to nobody. I prove it to myself every day.”
Cyborg said there is no added pressure representing MMA or having to dominate muay thai like she does in MMA.
“I don’t think about the pressure,” she said. “I try to test myself. I want to take the best fights. “I think (Jindrova) will be ready for this fight. I think she’s coming tough and it will be a great show.”
She confirmed that Tito Ortiz is still her manage and that she is pleased with that situation.
“I’m very happy to work with him,” she said. “We train together. He helps me and we help each other.”
She also heaped praise on her boxing coach, Jason Parillo.
“Jason is the best coach,” she said. “I love him. My boxing has gotten a lot better under him. You never know everything.”
When asked if there was still a rivalry between herself and Rousey, “Cyborg” said that she doesn’t focus on such things.
“My focus is to keep fighting,” she said. “I think it’s a great fight. I never choose an opponent. When she wants to fight me, I’m ready. I want this fight. Everyone says that she is very good. It’s my work and I love my work.”
Renowned dietitian Mike Dolce has repeatedly said that he thought she could make 135 in order to fight Rousey.
“I talked to him a little bit one day,” she said. “For me to make 135 I need to do a lot of stuff. Everybody looks at me and says I can make 135. I think I can but I want to be good once I fight. I don’t want to be sick. We could make 140. 140 is great for me and it’s great for her. It would be easy for her. Let’s put on a show …I don’t think Dana (White) wants me to be champion of the UFC. I think he’s protecting Ronda. He doesn’t want to make this fight. He’s the boss and if he wants to make the fight. It’s no problem for me.”
Cyborg said she has one more fight on her Invicta contract and though she has competed in the ADCC jiu-jitsu tournament and won’t be able to because of the muay thai fight.
When a hypothetical grappling match between herself and Rousey were to happen at, say, Metamoris, Cyborg answered:
“That would be good for her because I couldn’t punch her in the face. I like to punch in the face.”