One pound at a time – that’s the mantra most Americans endorse when they suddenly discover they no longer fit into their favorite jeans.
In Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s (pictured) world, it’s five ponds per fight.
Following Saturday’s Invicta 14 event in Kansas, Invicta president Shannon Knapp announced Justino will face a yet-to-be determined opponent at 140 pounds in November’s Invicta show.
This is a significant move by Justino, as it gets the ball rolling in arranging a super-fight with reigning UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Justino, Invicta’s featherweight champ, has been chirping for years about a blockbuster bout with Rousey, but the UFC refuses to engage in serious talks until Justino sheds the 10 pounds required to challenge Rousey for her 135-pound crown.
In a perfect world, Justino will dominate in November, then drop another five pounds and steamroll that opponent before getting Rousey.
Justino hasn’t competed at 140 pounds since blasting Shayna Baszler in 2008.
Rousey vs. Cyborg is the biggest fantasy fight in MMA. UFC president Dana White previously stated the shootout could set a company record with 2.5 million pay-per-view buys.
Rousey, meanwhile, is the game’s biggest superstar. She defends her throne November 14 against Holly Holm at UFC 193.