Cyborg Threatens to Leave UFC
In Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino’s two bouts in UFC, she has competed at a catchweight of 140 pounds. With the UFC only having bantamweight as the biggest women’s weight class, Justino has had harsh weight cuts just to go down to 140, as she normally competes at flyweight.
Now, Cyborg — who has made several comments previously about receiving unfair treatment from the UFC — looks to have had enough.
In a recent interview with Peruvian news outlet El Comerico, Cyborg revealed she has two fights left on her current UFC deal, and both are at her normal 145 pounds. She said she will continue to push heavily for the creation of a women’s flyweight division, but if the UFC does not come through for her, then she may have to resort to a drastic measure — leaving the UFC and perhaps jumping to a rival organization.
"The main thing is that I have two fights left in my division [featherweight]," Cyborg told El Comercio. "I’m going to stay in my division, and see if the UFC opens up my division, or if they don’t do it, I’m going to leave.
"I’ll keep fighting so that hey open more divisions. If I don’t have a division in the UFC, I’m going to go to another company like Rizin or Bellator or another organization where they have my division. I’ll keep fighting for that."
Cyborg last competed at a UFC Fight Night event in September, defeating Lina Lansberg. There’s no official date on her next bout, but she hopes to get back in the Octagon in early 2017.
"In February, I’ll be available to fight. I’m ready for whoever at 145 pounds," she said.