Invicta Fighting Championships featherweight titlist Cristiane Justino will compete in a muay Thai bout at Lion Fight 11 on Sept. 20.
Lion Fight officials this week announced the booking, which will see “Cyborg” take on Martina Jindrova under full muay Thai rules at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas.
“This is a great fight for me at Lion Fight 11. I fought muay Thai in Brazil, and I love competing in this sport,” Justino stated in a release. “I’m really excited for this fight. I can’t wait to go to Vegas and get in that ring on Sept. 20.”
Justino last competed on July 13, when she stopped Marloes Coenen to win the Invicta featherweight title. “Cyborg” captured the Strikeforce 145-pound title in 2009, but the 28-year-old was stripped of the belt in 2011 after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Justino returned to action 16 months later to finish Fiona Muxlow at Invicta FC 5 before besting Coenen last month in their rematch.
Jindrova owns a 17-5 muay Thai record and holds three knockouts to her credit. The 22-year-old fights out of Brutal Gym in the Netherlands and has won kickboxing and boxing titles in her native Czech Republic.
“I know ‘Cyborg’ is a huge MMA star and this is a big challenge for me to fight an opponent like her,” said Jindrova. “She is very strong with hard punches, kicks and knees, but this is not MMA. This is Muay Thai, and she will be fighting me [under] my rules. I’m very proud to be on this historic Lion Fight 11 card and am ready to make a great knockout win for the fans.”