Cristiane Justino's Blogs

  • Rousey vs. ‘Cyborg’ Just a Matter of Time By: Yael Grauer

    With two world championships on the line, Invicta 5 carried a lot of hype.

    Michelle Waterson defied the odds, surviving some vicious ground-and-pound, successfully defending a Jessica Pene armbar in the third round and returning with one of her own in the fourth, snatching the atomweight title from the top-ranked fighter in the division -- defeating a grappling whiz at her own game.

    Also of note was a back-and-forth war between Sarah Kaufman and Leslie Smith, Rose Namajunas’ record-breaking 12-second flying armbar on the undercard, and a knockout of the night by Miriam Nakamoto, who defeated Jessamyn Duke in just 2:20. There was Bec Hyatt’s grudge match versus Jasminka Cive, ending with an armbar win by the Australian. And Zoila Gurgel’s rather unceremonious Invicta debut after a difficult relationship with Bellator. But by far what attracted the most attention on April 5 was the return of Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

    The Brazilian powerhouse racked up an astounding 10 consecutive wins before her bout with Hiroko Yamanaka (which would’ve been number 11) was overturned by the CSAC due to testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. Speculation of PEDs had begun to surface long before, even prior to Cyborg defeating media darling Gina Carano for the women’s featherweight title on Aug. 15, 2009.

    After a year-long suspension and $2,500 fine (and with Invicta Fighting Championships instituting PED testing), all eyes were on Cyborg to see how she’d fare following a 16-month layoff. And when Cyborg’s first scheduled opponent, Ediane Gomes, pulled out of the fight with an injury, Fiona Muxlow came in as a late replacement.

    The fight wasn’t even close. After dropping the Australian with a right cross, Cyborg landed heavy punches, ending the mauling with a series of hooks and knees until referee “Big” John McCarthy had seen enough.

    Who’s next for Cyborg? This victory paves the way for a rematch with Marloes Coenen, which will take place at Invicta 6.

    If Cyborg can get by the very skilled Coenen, perhaps Ediane Gomes or Julia Budd will get the next shot. These potential opponents notwithstanding, it’s hard not to view a very dominant Cyborg -- who not only scores victory after victory but also utterly demolishes her opponents -- as a step above the rest of the women in the division.

    And yet the most marketable bout to date -- the one that seems destined not to take place -- would put a rest to her ongoing rivalry with UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.

    Rousey -- who began calling out Cyborg as an amateur before dropping down to bantamweight and taking the world of women’s MMA by storm -- insists the fight take place at 135, and with Cyborg’s suspension came the dissolution of Zuffa’s 145-lb. division.

    The judo Olympic silver medalist has her hands full with the upcoming season of TUF, followed by a match against the winner of Meisha Tate vs. Cat Zingano. Many of her victims are vying for a rematch, and both Sara McMann and Alexis Davis also are lining up for a shot.

    With Invicta Fighting Championships promising 4 fight cards a year,that may not be enough time to build up potential contenders for the belt (or any that stand a chance against Justino). And if Cyborg does indeed continue her streak in Invicta, and Rousey continues to dominate in the UFC, an unholy mess could be brewing. Although agreeing on which weight the bout will be contested seems to be a point of contention, perhaps it’s only a matter of time.

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  • Robert Sargent Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the blog. This week, Breen is joined by founder Robert Sargent.

    Breen and Sargent sit down to discuss a smorgasbord of women's MMA topics. The two go deep on Invicta FC 5, the promotional debut of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, whether or not the Brazilian will end up in the UFC and Jessica Penne's strangehold on the 105-pound division. The April 13 UFC clash between Cat Zingano and Miesha Tate also gets due attention, with Breen and Sargent debating the intriguing style matchup and who will be next for UFC postergirl Ronda Rousey.

    The duo also spitball on the 18th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” what antisocial behavior could arise from the season's co-ed set-up, Tito Ortiz as an MMA manager and much more.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

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  • Cyborg Santos Says Ronda Rousey ‘Knows She Can’t Compete,’ Is ‘Hiding’ at 135 By: Staff

    The instigators extraordinaire over at have added more fuel to the Ronda Rousey-Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos fire. Never mind the fact that they don’t compete in the same organization anymore, or that Santos can’t make the 135-pound weight limit to challenge Rousey for her UFC title -- let’s hear them talk some more smack anyway!

    The latest invectives come from Cyborg in response to Rousey’s claims that the former Strikeforce champion is a “fraud” who “nearly killed women’s MMA” with after testing positive for steroids. Predictably, the Brazilian did not take these comments well.

    “Meet me at 140 pounds,” Santos told TMZ, “then ask her if I’m a fraud after I knock her ass out!

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  • Top 5 Forum Threads of the Week By: Jeff Sherwood

    Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is expected to return from suspension in 2013. | Photo:

    Cristiane Santos has not fought in more than a year, but it appears as though she is very much part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s plans to incorporate women into the Octagon.

    Santos received a one-year suspension from the California State Athletic Commission in response to a positive test for suspected steroid use following her encounter with Hiroko Yamanaka under the Strikeforce banner in December 2011. Afterward, “Cyborg” was stripped of her title. In her absence, Ronda Rousey emerged as the new face of the women’s mixed martial arts movement, capturing Strikeforce gold at 135 pounds and forcing the UFC to open its doors to female mixed martial artists.

    With the public clamoring for a Rousey-Santos showdown, talk has turned to whether or not the Brazilian can make a successful weight cut from 145 to 135 pounds. According to published reports, the UFC has offered her the services of Mike Dolce, the man behind “The Dolce Diet.”

    Items of interest on the forums this week:

    Rebuilding ‘Cyborg’

    Bashing Boo Birds

    Powerful Images of 2012

    Breaking Down Beatdowns

    The Other ‘Rowdy’

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  • PVT Mag 36: They're Coming to the UFC By: Marcelo Alonso

    In the MMA environment, women share the space with men, crowding gyms and filling up fights. However, inside the cage, there still aren’t nearly as many women fighting in MMA, and certainly not in the UFC. However, this may change soon.

    Olympic judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey’s dominance in MMA, with all of her wins by armbar, has finally broken down UFC president Dana White, who has granted women a space in the Octagon. Though far from official, the MMA world is already considering a superfight between Rousey and former Strikeforce 145-pound champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.

    In PVT Mag 36, we discuss the imminent arrival of female MMA to the UFC. We analyze Dana White’s claims that Rousey is primarily responsible for making him change his mind on women’s MMA, suggest 10 females that could help the UFC get women’s MMA off the ground and discuss the phenomenon that is Ronda Rousey.

    Also, we bring a special, unprecedented interview with Cristiane Santos, as well as the comments of Kyra Gracie, who is now interested in the UFC, and Wallid Ismail, promoter of Pink Fight, Brazil’s only all-women MMA event.

    As well in this issue of PVT Mag: the insane genius of Anderson Silva at UFC 153, another edition of “Alonso’s Chest” featuring Brazilian Vale Tudo 5, “Private Lesson” with Demian Maia and much more!

    Click here to read another amazing edition of PVT Mag.

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  • Ronda Rousey’s Trainer: Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos Has ‘A Lot of Holes’ in Her Striking By: Staff

    Ronda Rousey’s striking coach Edmond Tarverdyan, on “Beatdown,” discussing Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos:

    “I’ll tell you this much for sure. Yes, she’s a puncher. She has a big heart. She just comes down and swings and takes everybody down with her punches and her aggressiveness, her heart, but she has a lot of holes in her striking. People will be surprised when she fights Ronda.”

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  • Top 5 Forum Threads of the Week By: Jeff Sherwood

    Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones ignited a firestorm by forgoing a potential matchup with late replacement Chael Sonnen after Dan Henderson withdrew from their scheduled bout with a knee injury. Jones drew the ire of many fans, some fellow fighters and UFC President Dana White once the promotion decided to cancel UFC 151, scheduled for Sept. 1 in Las Vegas. Jones will now defend the belt against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto.

    Many of the topics on the forums were related to the UFC 151 fiasco and the forthcoming Jones-Belfort matchup. In addition, fans weighed in on a potential showdown between Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and suspended former 145-pound champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. Could a bout between the two find its way into the hallowed Octagon?

    Fighters React to UFC 151 Cancellation

    ‘Bones’ vs. ‘The Phenom’

    Belfort a 13-to-1 Underdog?

    Women in the Octagon

    ‘Cyborg’ Santos: Rousey ‘Not Worth My Breath’

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  • Poll: Rousey vs. Cyborg?

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  • Sherdog Photo of the Day: Aug. 15 By: Staff

    Aug. 15, 2009: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos takes out Gina Carano to win the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound title. Photo by Dave Mandel.

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  • Showtime: For Now, Using 135-Pound Division Only Is Best Way to See High-Level Women’s Fights By: Staff

    Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza, on “Rewind,” discussing the 135-pound women’s division in Strikeforce and Cristiane Santos’ remarks questioning whether she can make that weight:

    “I think in the short run, the easiest way to see the high-level fights that everybody wants will be at bantamweight, at 135. I think maybe it’s a little bit of negotiating positioning on Chris’ part to sort of maybe make that point and see if she can make some differences. I haven’t had the conversation with her about weight, but I don’t think that in the long run that’s necessarily the best way to go about it. We just don’t have the numbers right now to support the second weight class. I think it’s something where we have to get sort of a base level of talent in that division to be able to really effectively operate there. I think that’s an ongoing endeavor. They’re out there.”

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