Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s next fight at Invicta FC 15 in January will not be at a catchweight of 140 pounds after all, Invicta President Shannon Knapp announced Friday on AXS TV.
The bout was initially announced to take place five pounds under “Cyborg’s” typically desired weight class, in an attempt to eventually cut down to 135 pounds for a showdown with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. But after Rousey failed to live up to her end of the bargain by getting knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193, Knapp thinks it’s probably time to put the potential superfight on the backburner for now.
“Especially today with the 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 her, kind of shelves it a bit,” Knapp said. “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.”
A natural featherweight for most of her career, Justino hired nutritionist George Lockhart to help make the transition to 135 pounds easier on her body. But after USADA, who now oversees “Cyborg” and any other Invicta fighter, banned intravenous rehydration, Knapp said Justino decided to take a different route.
“This will be the first time she has competed without hydrating herself with an IV,” Knapp said. “She’s made the decision to go ahead and defend her belt.”
“Cyrbog” faces Cindy Dandois at The Hangar at OC Fair in Costa Mesa, California on Jan. 16.