Cris “Cyborg” Justino (pictured), who? On Tuesday night, it was announced Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie will battle to become the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight champion at UFC 208.
UFC 208 goes down February 11 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Justino, the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion, is not only considered by most pundits as the best female in the division, but the best female on the face of the earth. However, UFC president Dana White revealed last week that he offered Justino the shot to become the organization’s first women’s 145-pound title holder on two separate occasions, but the buff Brazilian turned him down.
Justino confirmed White’s comments by saying her body is still recovering from September’s weight cut to meet Lina Länsberg at 140 pounds. The 31-year-old added that she’s currently “dealing with severe depression and can’t have another brutal weight cut like before.”
It was a bitter-sweet day for Justino, who gained American citizenship earlier in the day. Fast forward only several hours and she was none too pleased with the UFC’s unwillingness to wait just one more month for her return.
“Everybody knows I’m the featherweight champion,” Cyborg told MMAFighting.com. “I’m undefeated for 10 years in my division. They put this belt only to sell the fight for the new MMA fans. For an example, Holly is coming off two consecutive losses and will fight for the belt. The real fight fans know what’s real.”
While Justino wasn’t prepared to accept White’s offers to return as late as February, she was, however, be prepared to come back in March. White said they initially offered her de Randamie and then Holm for the featherweight gold.
And that leads us to today. Holm has dropped two straight bouts since posting the biggest win of her career by knocking out Ronda Rousey in highlight reel fashion to capture the UFC bantamweight buckle just 13 months ago.
Holm lost her belt to Miesha Tate in her first title defense, then followed up the shocking upset submission by dropping a unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko in July.
De Randamie is victorious in four of her past five outings, with the last four coming under the UFC’s watch. She was most recently seen knocking out Anna Elmose in May.
It is unknown if Justino will face the winner of Holm vs De Randamie.