Invicta FC Champ Cris ‘Cyborg’ Seeking Spot on UFC 198 Card in Brazil

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 3, 2016

While a showdown with Ronda Rousey may be on the backburner, Cristiane Justino still has UFC dreams.

In a recent post on her website, “Cyborg” makes her case to be included on the upcoming UFC 198 card in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14.

“It has been almost 10 years since I last fought in my home country of Brazil.  I am very lucky that over the last decade my Brazilian fans have continued to support me and my career as I chased my dreams as a world champion, while living and competing in America,” Justino wrote.

“This May the UFC will be promoting an event in my hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, a city very rich in fight history.  It would be an honor to return back to the city I was born in, and to step inside of the Octagon with an opportunity to prove myself as one of the best female fighters in the sport.”

Justino, the Invicta FC featherweight champion, last defended her belt on Jan. 16 with a first-round knockout of Daria Ibragimova. The ex-Strikeforce queen is 5-0 since joining the all-female promotion in 2013. While “Cyborg” is technically under Zuffa contract, the UFC does not have a 145-pound division for women, and the Brazilian’s issues with making bantamweight are well documented.

“I know that the UFC does not have my division, which is why I am asking my fans to help make this fight!” she wrote. “As many of you know I am already a Zuffa contracted athlete despite fighting for Invicta.”

While the May 14 card is still labeled as a Fight Night on, previously reported that it has been changed to UFC 198. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight championship clash between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic, while Ronaldo Souza and Vitor Belfort will square off in the co-main event.


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