Cris “Cyborg” Justino abandoned plans to drop in weight when Ronda Rousey was taken out by Holly Holm last November, and she picked up yet another featherweight win last weekend at Invicta FC 15. After the event, Cyborg said she’d still like to compete in the UFC, and thinks the organization has missed out by her not being a part of the roster.
“Of course, I want to be a UFC fighter, but I fight in Invicta, because they have my divisi on,” Cyborg said (via MMAFighting.com). “I think Dana lost something. I think I can make a lot of money for Dana and the UFC at 145 pounds.”
One possible fight is with Holm, who herself has expressed interest in that matchup, and going up in weight to take it. Cyborg would love that opportunity, and thinks it’s just a matter of setting it up.
“When somebody wants to make the fight happen, do something,” Cyborg said. “I hope to fight her, of course. It would be an amazing fight, two strikers.”
Penick’s Analysis: At this point, the UFC should look at simply booking feature fights for Cyborg. There’s probably not a sustainable featherweight field, but there are catchweight fights with current bantamweights, and other fights they can put together to showcase her on a larger scale. She can make them money, and she can make money in return, and with the Rousey fight no longer in play and the title not an issue, it may simply make sense to just make something happen for her.
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