“I think [Conor] McGregor opened the door for this. He’s fighting at different weights. I think he opened the door to make this fight happen. There you go. I’m really happy for the opportunity and I’ll do my best in Curitiba and of course I’ll try for the KO and I’ll do my best… I think McGregor opened the door for this fight. He [sold] a lot of pay-per-views and it opened the opportunity. I think the UFC sees the great opportunity and it’s a great time… I think it will open the door for me for more fights at 140. Maybe I can fight Miesha [Tate] at 140 [lbs] and Holly Holm and maybe Ronda [Rousey] when she gets off the pillow. I don’t know.”
-Cris “Cyborg” Justino talks to FoxSports.com about her impending UFC debut in May, and why she thinks Conor McGregor’s recent numbers made the UFC willing to bring her in.
Penick’s Analysis: Seeing that they can do monster numbers without a title on the line based on the fighter themselves had to play a factor in the UFC finally giving her a shot. The old arguments for not bringing her in because of weight don’t stand up when they can make money with her at a 140 lb. catchweight. A debut win absolutely could set up future fights with those other names, all likely against whichever one of them isn’t competing for the title at any given moment. But with Cyborg, the title part will just have to be irrelevant in order to sell bigger fights.
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