Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has been making headlines lately, for all the right reasons. First, her manager Tito Ortiz stepped down from his position to help make way for a transition for Cyborg in to the UFC. Ortiz felt that the long-running animosity between himself and UFC president Dana White hurt her chances of entering the promotion.
Now she is back in the news to announce that she will be dropping to 135-pounds to be able to compete against Ronda Rousey and as she says, “retire [her] like she did Gina Carano. Cyborg (12-1) gave a statement to Inside MMA to make the announcement official.
Her next bout is a kickboxing fight on March 28th for Lion Fight Promotions, and a rumored bout under the Invicta FC banner is also around the corner.
Here is the full statement from Inside MMA.
“In reference to Ronda’s statement that I am looking for a payday so that I can retire, you’re right, I am looking for a payday to retire you like I did Gina Carano. But to show it’s not only about money, I challenge you to a fight – winner takes all. Or better yet let’s fight for FREE. ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! Ask your daddy Dana to make it happen.
My English is not that great, so sorry if I was misunderstood. I didn’t literally mean I would die if I made 135. What I meant was that my doctor recommended that I did not fight the rest of my career at 135, which is what the UFC wanted.
You have fought 154 in the Olympics and 145 in MMA. You can meet me at 140 easier than for me to go down to 135. The only reason you want the fight at 135 is because you feel that is your only chance because you hope the weight cut will affect me. You guys say I’m irrelevant, yet watch my highlights. The true MMA fans not only know me, but know I’m the best. Sad that you give the true MMA fans no recognition by saying that they don’t matter.
I’m currently training to fight at 145 on March 28 and in early May. My team has hired a medical doctor to help me make 135. I plan to challenge and win the Invicta 135 championship in the summer and challenge you, champion to champion, for your 135 belt in December.
Now I know critics will say ‘I thought you said you would die if you made 135.’ All I’m promising is that I will give 100 percent to try to get to 135 to make this plan happen. If I do, I will still listen to my doctor’s advice and fight no more than three times at 135: first to win the Invicta belt, the second time to kick your ass and the third time to kick your ass again so that the world can see it wasn’t luck. You can even have me tested every week up to the fight. That way you will not have an excuse after I kick your ass.”
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