Cristiane Justino, better known as Cris Cyborg, has been considered one of the most feared and dominant champions in women’s MMA for several years.
But, despite her almost flawless record and plethora of highlight reel knockouts, Justino was always overshadowed by former UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, who was at one point considered the Mike Tyson of WMMA.
Rousey, though, looks to be finished with the sport for good after losing back-to-back fights against Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.
Holm, who brutally KO’d ‘Rowdy’ with a head kick and follow up punches at UFC 193, will challenge Cyborg for the women’s featherweight title at UFC 219 next month in hopes of becoming a two-division champ.
Cyborg, who ruled the Invicta featherweight throne for three years before signing with the UFC in 2016, believes that, due to Holm’s ecstatic win over Rousey in 2015, beating ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ at UFC 219 should also count as a victory of Rousey.
“I think if I beat Holly I will beat Ronda the same day,” Cyborg told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of the MMA Hour (h/t Adam Guillen Jr. of MMA Mania). I feel like that because Holly fought Ronda and when that fight happened, Dana said if Ronda beat Holly next fight would be Cyborg. Then Holly stopped Ronda before that, she beat Ronda and it’s simple to think about it. It’s simple, she beat Ronda and I never had the opportunity to fight Ronda. So I think I am going to beat both the same night.”
Cyborg won the vacant 145-pound title against Tony Evinger at UFC 214 and will defend it against Holm at UFC 219. The pay-per-view takes place next month, Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.