Freelance: Is “Cyborg” Justino a “One-and-Done” in UFC?
Although it was largely due to her career outside of the UFC, Cris “Cyborg” Justino became a star in the UFC with one fight–a devastating TKO victory over Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith that lasted just 81 seconds. Now, much like Conor McGregor and longtime rival Ronda Rousey, Justino has become all the more aware of her drawing power.
To immediately answer the question in the headline, Justino will not be a “one-and-done” as she is set for another bout on September 24, once again in her home country of Brazil. The next victim in line is 6-1 Lina Lansberg (compared to the 6-1 Justino.) But as far as a serious run in the UFC goes, the Brazilian has once again said no to the UFC’s heaviest current division of 135 pounds.
“No, just my division and superfights,” Justino said. “I’m not going to say ‘impossible,’ but I’m always going at my limit. For every fight, I go to the doctor, take a test, make sure everything is OK. I take it one step at a time, so let’s take this first step at 140.”
She is still currently the Invicta FC Featherweight (145 pounds) queen despite competing in the UFC and her history with weight cutting is notoriously bad, with a cut to 140 pounds even being a struggle. She went on to say that her typical walk-around weight is a ver muscular 175 pounds.
Justino tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol in 2011 but has tested clean in every fight since that time.
“I want to do catchweight bouts, but I wanted to fight top-10 girls,” “I think the UFC is having problems making fights with girls like Holly Holm, Miesha Tate, Ronda (Rousey), the 135-pound girls.”
The knockout specialist now feels that she can make the other women come to her, something Rousey has vehemently refused to do while others are open to it.
“I don’t think it’s the UFC that doesn’t want it, I think it’s the athlete. You can’t force athletes to challenge themselves. You need to take the challenges yourself. I do that. Recently I fought a muay Thai champion. She had 40 fights and I had three. And I took it. So I think it’s up to the athlete. I don’t see things as win or lose, I think it’s about putting on a great fight, and people thinking of me as a girl who put on a great fight. I think you can’t put that on someone’s heart.
“I think the motivation is lacking a bit.”
The argument from the UFC’s side of things is that there would be a lack of opponents for a UFC Women’s Featherweight division while at the same time they experimented with a 125-pound Women’s Flyweight bout between Valerie Letourneau and Joanne Calderwood in June.
Come the 24th, “Cyborg” will continue to get what she desires as Lansberg will face her at 140–as UFC Fight Night 95’s main event.
“…my health comes first. Regardless, I want to be there and put on good fights…”