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Cyborg Reacts to UFC 145Lb Title Fight Snub

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The UFC brought Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino into the UFC with an eye towards slowly dropping to 135 for a superfight with the then seemingly unbeatable Ronda Rousey. Unfortunately, Rousey turned out to be human, and the catchweight cuts brutalized Justino.

Then the UFC determined to start a new women’s featherweight division, and twice offered Cyborg a shot at the inaugural belt. She declined, citing the need to recover from the last cut.

UFC president Dana White said the new division was coming anyway, and it is. Holly Holm, on a two-fight losing streak, will face Germaine de Randamie, who is ranked outside the top 10 for the new belt.

“I’m happy the UFC created my division,” said Cyborg to Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting following the announcement. “It’s been 11 years I’m fighting for women to have the same rights as men with several divisions.”

“Everybody knows I’m the featherweight champion. I’m undefeated for 10 years in my division. They put this belt only to sell the fight for the new MMA fans. For an example, Holly is coming off two consecutive losses and will fight for the belt. The real fight fans know what’s real.”

“I have no idea, there are no rules in MMA. The last fight in the men’s 145-pound division, a 10-0 fighter fought a guy who was 1-5 in his last fights. Other fighters like me have to wait for a title fight. I’m fighting for my division for 10 years, and until yesterday Dana said there were no women. This is our reality.”

Anthony Pettis was in fact 1-3 heading into his fight with the undefeated Holloway at UFC 206. But he was a former champion, dropping a division, where he would presumably do better. Holm and de Randamie are moving in the other direction, up a division. Holm is on a two fight losing streak, and de Randamie is ranked outside the top 10, at bantamweight.

When the UFC started a women’s strawweight division, they got 11 fighters from Invicta, and dedicated a season of TUF. This feels beyond hasty, in the extreme. After saying repeatedly that the depth is not there for a women’s division at 145, what’s the rush now, such that you choose a fighter not even in the top 10 a weight class down, vs. a fighter on an 0-2 streak?


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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.