According to a report from Brazilian news outlet UOL on Wednesday, women’s smashing machine Cris Cyborg will make her second Octagon appearance on Sep. 24 in a featured bout at UFC Fight Night 96. It’s being reported that “Cyborg” will meet Lina Lansberg in a 140-pound catchweight bout; the battle will headline the event.
Justino is regarded as the best all-around fighter in the women’s circuit by many experts. Her crushing power and ruthless striking have allowed her to compile a 16-1 record, with all but two of her foes being stopped. Lansberg, meanwhile, will be making her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut riding a six-fight winning streak, with four coming via knockout.
Also slated for the card, which will be held at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao will collide with Phillipe Nover in a featherweight bout. Nover is coming off a split decision loss to Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC Fight Night 80 last December is looking to get back on track against the Brazilian, who has lost two straight and three of four overall.
A flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Dustin Ortiz has been added to the lineup as well, according to a report from Brazilian outlet Combate.
To coincide with the previously-reported lightweight clash between Paul Felder and Francisco Trinaldo, welterweights Erick Silva and Brandon Thatch will square off. Combate also reported that Michinori Tanaka will take on Rani Yahya in a bantamweight encounter while Renato Moicano will oppose Mike de la Torre at 145 pounds.
A welterweight skirmish featuring Alan Patrick Silva Alves and Steven Ray is also scheduled for the event, which will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, followed by a live telecast on Fox Sports 1.