Cristiane Justino could be the next UFC star to take her talents to the Sweet Science.
“Cyborg” confirmed on Thursday via Instagram that she has received a boxing license from the California State Athletic Commission following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The 32-year-old Brazilian plans to compete in the junior middleweight division at 154 pounds.
"If the girls from MMA don’t want to accept the fights, let the girls of boxing know #cyborgnation isn’t scared of a challenge,” wrote Justino, who has spent some time training with two-time Olympic gold medalist boxer Claressa Shields.
Justino claimed the vacant women’s featherweight crown with a third-round technical knockout of Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 on July 29. According to MMAFighting, Justino’s UFC contract expires in October, although the promotion has a one-year negotiation window because she is a champion.
After her victory over Evinger, Justino expressed interest in a title defense against Holly Holm, and UFC President Dana White seemed to like the idea of the fight, as well. While the UFC is reportedly attempting to book that fight, it has not yet come to fruition, according to the report.
12 years undefeated in MMA. 90% KO/TKO win ratio. Today the CSAC granted me a license in the Junior Middleweight division of 154lbs. If the girls from MMA don't want to accept the fights, let the girls of boxing know #cyborgnation isn't scared of a challenge. 12 anos Invicta no MMA. De. ganhos de 90% KO / TKO. Hoje, a CSAC concedeu-me uma licença na divisão Junior Middleweight de 154 libras. Se as meninas do MMA não quiserem aceitar as lutas, as garotas do boxe sabem que #cyborgnation não tem medo de um desafio.