And in another perfect example of why superfights should be made ASAP… Following Ronda Rousey’s shocking upset KO loss last month to Holly Holm at UFC 193, bitter rival Cris “Cyborg” Justino (pictured) has pumped the breaks on her planned move to bantamweight.
The initial plan was for Justino to shed the 10 pounds the UFC was requiring in order to challenge Rousey for her UFC bantamweight crown. The buff Brazilian was going to take baby steps to get there, competing in a 140-pound catchweight on January 16, then lose the last five pounds in order to arrange the biggest bout in MMA history.
After Holm rendered Rousey unconscious on the canvas with a highlight reel head kick, Justino will now defend her Invicta FC featherweight title in her next outing, temporarily, perhaps permanently, shelving the much anticipated superfight to end all superfights.
It didn’t help matters that UFC president Dana White announced Thursday that Rousey will get an immediate rematch against Holm when she’s ready.
“Especially [Thursday’s] announcement that Holly and Ronda will have a rematch – that will be the next fight for both – I think it does take kind of it off the table for [Justino], kind of shelves it a bit,” president Shannon Knapp said on Friday’s episode of Inside MMA. “But I still think there’s a desire there at some point. And it’s still a fight I’d like to see, whether it’s Ronda or Holly or whoever it is.
“[Justino] made the decision to go ahead and defend her [Invicta featherweight] belt.”
Cyborg was slated to meet Cindy Dandois at Invicta FC 15, but with the change in course it is unknown if Dandois will keep that spot now that a belt is on the line.
When Rousey was sitting on top of the MMA world, White had predicted a box office bout with Justino would set a UFC record with over two million pay-per-view buys.
Easy come, easy go…