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Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino is generally considered to be the No.1-ranked female featherweight fighter in the world. In many analysts’ pound-for-pound lists, she’s also right under UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.
Due to that fact, on the “dream fights” list for many WMMA fans is a catchweight bout between Rousey and Cyborg. When asked about a potential super fight, Justino knocked the UFC champ, claiming she’s a “protected” fighter.
“Everybody knows the UFC protected her,” Justino said in an interview with MMA Mania. “I’m ready for fight with anybody. I never choose opponent, never. I train every day and I never choose girls for fighting. I don’t know, I am in Invicta, you know. But when she first says she wants this fight, it’s not in my hands. I’m not a promoter. I fight in Invicta, not in my hands. It’s in their hands.”
Unfortunately, Cyborg noted that dropping a weight class to challenge Rousey’s title would be very difficult for her.
“I can’t make 135. I try, but I can’t,” she said. “One-forty, I did it one time to fight Shayna Bazsler. I make 140. That was five years ago and I think that would be too much for me. For fans, make it for them to watch the fight. I don’t care about belts. I don’t care. I like to fight.”
In her most recent outing, Cyborg destroyed the previously undefeated Jennifer Colomb in a Muay Thai bout at Lion Fight 11 last night.
The veteran WMMA competitor has not lost a fight since her debut in 2005, where she picked up her sole defeat to Erica Paes. Since then she’s racked up 12 straight wins, including championship titles in Strikeforce and Invicta.
She most recently defeated No.2-ranked featherweight Marloes Coenen at Invicta FC 6. Interestingly Coenen was defeated by Miesha Tate in 2011, who in turn was beaten by Ronda Rousey in 2012.
Cyborg also holds high profile wins over WMMA pioneer Gina Carano, and TUF contestant Shayna Baszler.