clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Cris Cyborg still wants 140-pound catchweight fight against Ronda Rousey

New, comments

Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino once again asked to face women’s bantamweight champ Ronday Rousey in a catchweight fight at 140-pounds.

Esther Lin

While Rona Rousey continues to steamroll the legitimate challengers placed before her in the Octagon, one fighter is patiently awaiting the opportunity to prove herself as a worthy challenger.

Former Strikeforce featherweight champ and current Invicta FC 145-pound title holder Cris ‘Cyborg' Justino has long been considered the biggest threat to Rousey's supreme reign over the bantamweight division, if only she could make the necessary weight to challenge for the title in the first place. After several failed attempts to cut down to 130-pounds, Cyborg seemingly gave up and was content with her position as Invicta FC champion.

However, during her latest appearance on UFC Tonight, Cyborg suggested that she may still be able to make 135-pounds after she began working with a new nutritionist.

"You know, now I have a professional nutrition guy, and his name's George Lockhart, and he's helped me," she said. "He's helping me now make 145 easier. He's followed my work now, and I'll try 100 percent to make this fight happen."

Yet this does not necessarily confirm that she will be able to make the weight cut healthily, which is why she issued a plea to Rousey to challenge her at a catchweight of 140-pounds.

"You know I think all fighters want to be in the UFC one day," she said. "I think everybody wants to be there, and of course one day I want to be the champion. But I think for now, I think it would be great for everybody to watch me and Ronda Rousey. I think it would be a great fight. I think it's more important. I have the belt already. I don't want her belt, just to make the fight happen.

"Let's go meet at 140," she said. "You can have this fight for my fans and your fans and make a great fight for women's MMA."

Transcription taken from MMAFighitng.com.