Cris “Cyborg” Justino (pictured) is hellbent on making this fantasy fight with reigning UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey a reality. With the UFC’s non-negotiable demands in place, Justino has already shed 12 pounds off her buff body.
That’s good news and bad news for Cyborg fans. It’s a positive because she’s inching closer to meeting the 135 pound weight limit the UFC is requiring in order to challenge Rousey in what will be the biggest fight in MMA history. The negative is that she’s already lost significant muscle mass in order to get to where she’s at now.
As we all know, Justino’s unparalleled ability to overpower her opposition is her biggest asset.
Despite dropping several pounds of solid muscle, Justino doesn’t appear worried that it will effect her once she steps inside the cage at Invicta 15, which is scheduled to take place some time next month. It will be the first time she’s competed at 140 pounds since 2008.
“I keep training hard, I do different conditioning training for me keeping my strength, and to lose weight, of course I had to lose muscle, but we’re working to keep the strength,” Justino said on this weekend’s episode of Inside MMA. “I feel strong, I feel light. I walk around now at 165 [pounds], before 177. I feel good.”
In a perfect world, Justino will dominate some poor, yet-to-be named victim next month at 140 pounds, then drop another five pounds and steamroll that opponent before getting Rousey.
UFC president Dana White previously admitted Rousey vs. Cyborg is the biggest fight he could possibly arrange, predicting the shootout could set a company record with 2.5 million pay-per-view buys.
Rousey, meanwhile, defends her throne November 14 against Holly Holm at UFC 193. After that the UFC’s biggest superstar will bolt to Hollywood to shoot a couple films.