Although nothing is currently official, Cristiane Justino says she’ll be fighting for women’s featherweight gold against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 214.
“Cyborg” made the announcement on both her Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday (The Instagram post was deleted and then re-posted). The UFC has not confirmed the bout, although multiple reports indicate that the matchup is in the works.
“July 29th I will be making my first [UFC] fight in the USA!! I am excited the event will be in my American backyard of Orange County California and I am looking forward to putting on an exciting fight against @ironladymma,” Justino wrote on Instagram. “I know many of my fans never thought they would see a day where I would be fighting for the UFC belt but the time has come!”
UFC 214 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 29. No fights have been formally announced, but UFC President Dana White recently said that Jon Jones could challenge Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title at the event.
Justino has fought twice in the Octagon, defeating Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg in 140-pound catch-weight bouts. “Cyborg” was facing a one-year suspension from USADA after testing positive for the diuretic spironolactone in an out-of-competition sample collected on Dec. 5, but ultimately Justino was cleared and given a retroactive therapeutic use exemption.
Meanwhile, de Randamie captured the inaugural women’s featherweight crown with a unanimous decision triumph over Holly Holm at UFC 208. After the victory, de Randamie said she needed to recover from an injured hand before he could defend the title. It is currently unclear if “The Iron Lady” would be ready by July 29. Meanwhile, MMAFighting.com has reported that while Justino has two fights remaining on her existing UFC deal, that contract expires in October regardless of whether those bouts have been fulfilled.
July 29th I will be making my first @ufc fight in the USA!! I am excited the event will be in my American backyard of Orange County California and I am looking forward to putting on an exciting fight against @ironladymma! I know many of my fans never thought they would see a day where I would be fighting for the #ufc belt but the time has come! information on sponsorship options and ticket details coming soon! #letsgochamp after 10 months outside the cage #cyborgnation returns! 29 de Julho Vou fazer a minha primeira luta @ufc nos EUA !! Estou animada o evento será na minha área nos usa de Orange County Califórnia e estou ansiosa para colocar uma luta emocionante contra @ironladymma! Eu sei que muitos dos meus fãs nunca pensou que eles iriam ver um dia onde eu estaria lutando pelo cinturão #ufc, mas chegou a hora! Informações sobre opções de patrocínio e detalhes do bilhete em breve! #letsgochamp depois de 10 meses fora da sem lutar #cyborgnation retorna!