The majority of this fight week’s discussion has centered on Cris ‘Cyborg’s’ weight loss as she prepares to headline her first UFC bout on Saturday in Brazil.
Earlier in the week, it was reported that ‘Cyborg’ weighed in at 165 pounds for her 140 pound catch-weight fight with Lina Lansberg. Now just 24 hours away from officially weighing-in, MMA insider Ariel Helwani reports that ‘Cyborg’ is currently weighing in at 150 pounds with ten more pounds left to shed.
Cris Cyborg weighs 150 pounds this AM, I'm told. Ten pounds, a little over 24 hours to go.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 22, 2016
Following revelations that ‘Cyborg’s’ nutritionist George Lockhart had the Brazilian striker taking birth control pills to help her lose weight, which drew the ire from fight fans as well as Cyborg herself.
“I know my body. I’ve made 140 (pounds) before (in her UFC debut fight). I don’t need birth control pills to make 140 (pounds),” ‘Cyborg’ told her nutritionist during a video blog released during fight week.
This is the second time ‘Cyborg’ (16-1) will be fighting at a 140 pound catch-weight contest. She successfully made weight at UFC 198 in May when she decimated Leslie Smith in a little over a minute into the first round. Prior to her UFC debut, ‘Cyborg’ fought at featherweight for the majority of her career, where she picked up titles in Strikeforce and Invicta before signing with the UFC earlier this year.
However, the UFC doesn’t have a woman’s featherweight division, and according to president Dana White, there won’t be one anytime soon.
“Obviously it’s been very popular and the women have done very well, but as far as the expansion I think it’s inevitable as the sport continues to grow,” White told Brazilian outlet Globo. “But no plans in the near future, no.”
“Unless there’s anything that just explodes in the next couple of years,” he added as a disclaimer.
‘Cyborg’s opponent Lina ‘Elbow Princess’ Lansberg (6-1) is also a featherweight and has fought at 145 pounds since her MMA debut in 2012.
“I’m really upset about this, because the girl I’m fighting, she’s a 145 pounder,” Cyborg said. “She has to lose weight too. My team has seen her, she’s losing weight too, it’s really hard for her, because she’s a 145’er too, same as me. And I’m upset because I said I want to make 140 because I want big super fights. Give me top-10 girls at 135.”
With weigh-ins only a day away, do you think ‘Cyborg’ will be able to make weight in time? And if she makes 140 pounds, will her massive weight cut have any effect on her performance? Sound off, PENN Nation!