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Would Cris Cyborg Be Competitive in the Male Featherweight Division?

Once again Cris Cyborg’s dominant victory inside the Octagon has gotten us debating, this time with one of the more controversial issues yet. Our writers Jonathan Salmon and Lionel Harris-Spence tackle the issue of what Cyborg’s chances would be against male featherweights.


UFC 198 Results/Highlights: Miocic Shocks the World, Souza Breezes Past Belfort, Cyborg Savages Smith + More

(“Hey Fabricio, it’s me Dan. I know this probably isn’t the time to tell you this, but you really dun f*cked up, kid.”via Getty)

Fabricio Werdum may have only been a -185 favorite heading into his UFC 198 title tilt with Stipe Miocic on Saturday, but the consensus across the board seemed to be that he would either utilize his vastly-improved striking skills to put away his Cleveland-born opponent on the feet or take him to the mat and submit him using his world-renowned Jiu Jitsu. This was the man who defeated Cain Velasquez, after all, and was hoping to kickstart his legacy as “the greatest heavyweight of all time” with a big win in front of 45,000 Brazilian fans.

The Fabricio Werdum that actually showed up at UFC 198, however, could not have looked further from the greatness he so desired. Chalk it up to blind confidence or whatever you will, but “Vai Cavalo” — a man who has not only submitted 3 of the greatest heavyweights of all time, but dominated the likes of Mark Hunt and Travis Browne in recent appearances — appeared to temporarily lose complete control of both his body and mind on Saturday night. It was quite possibly the most mind-blowingly stupid performance since Koji Oishi tried to block Nick Diaz’s punches with punches, and the result was a new champion who was all but handed the belt on a silver platter.


Cris Cyborg Actually Coming to the UFC, Faces Leslie Smith at UFC 198

(Finally, the superfight that UFC fans have been demanding for years is coming together.)

Like XYIENCE energy drinks and the music of Stemm, the idea of seeing Cris Cyborg fight in the UFC has been long abandoned by the majority of MMA fans. It seemed like a very real possibility a few years back, but then Tito Ortiz went and messed everything up like the blockhead that we know him to be. Between Cyborg’s failed attempts to make 135 pounds and Ronda Rousey‘s fall from grace in the time since, the former Strikeforce featherweight champion (and current Invicta champion) has found herself with a lower stock value than possibly ever before.

But now, it seems that all is about to change for one of the sport’s scariest competitors.


Friday Link Dump: Dana White Talks Ronda Rousey, De La Hoya and Jay Z Make $100K Wager, and More Ronda Rousey

(Video via MMA Fighting)

Ronda Rousey: Miesha Tate’s Best Shot is to Wait Until I Retire (MMA Junkie)

Cyborg Demonstrates How Rousey Sets Up Her Throws (Fox Sports)

De La Hoya, Jay Z Make $100K Wager Over Canelo vs. Cotto (Bloody Elbow)

Crop Cop Admits to Injecting Growth Hormone for Injured Shoulder (MMA Mania)


Dream-Casting the Upcoming Ronda Rousey Porn Parody, ‘Ronda ArouseMe’

(via Getty Images/Instagram)

Following her superstar-making performance against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 last weekend, it was revealed that Ronda Rousey would be bestowed with the highest honor of celebrity achievable in today’s society: A porn parody based upon her life.

Entitled Ronda ArouseMe: Grounded and Pounded, the parody from Burning Angel productions will star Kleio Valentien (pictured above) in the titular role, as well as Sammie Six in the role of Rousey’s nemesis, “Miesha Taint.” But because this is the internet, and because the line between pornography and mixed martial arts has always been a thin one, we’ve decided to go ahead and play casting (couch) agent for this surefire AVN awards sweeper, along with some help from the UG.


Friday Link Dump: Cyborg Signs With the UFC?!! (Sort of), Ronda Rousey Re-Ups, The Sylvester Stallone Kill Count Supercut + More

(The latest episode of UFC 189 Embedded, which features Conor McGregor in full-on meth tweeker mode and Jose Aldo threatening decapitation. This fight cannot come soon enough.)

In Search of Strange Brew… (MMAFighting)

Ronda Rousey, UFC Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction (Bleacher Report)

Conor McGregor: ‘I Will at Least Triple’ Ronda Rousey’s PPV Buys’ (Bloody Elbow)

Dana White on ‘Cyborg’: ‘She’s Going to Try to Make 135 Pounds’ to Fight Ronda Rousey (MMAJunkie)

Brazilian Commission Overturns Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva to a No-Contest (Fox Sports)

Jim Miller vs. Beneil Dariush Booked for UFC on FOX 15 With Paul Felder Hurt (MMAMania)

Let The Bodies Hit The Floor: Sylvester Stallone Kill Count Supercut (ScreenJunkies)

The BBC’s Firing of Jeremy Clarkson Proves a Point About the Progressive Media (EveryJoe)

14 Inappropriate Quotes From Famous People (Radass)

Adult Film Star Yearbook Photos [Gallery] (WorldWideInterweb)

8 of the Coolest Set-Pieces in Video Games (The Escapist)

Jake Gyllenhaal Hits Hard in Southpaw Trailer (TIME)


The Experiment Ends: Cris Cyborg Throws in the Towel on a Possible Drop to Bantamweight

(If the internet wasn’t broken before, it sure as hell is now. via Cyborg’s Instagram)

Are you sitting down, Potato Nation? We hope so, because we just got word of a story so shocking, so unexpected, that it will rock you to your very core. We’re talking something bigger than the Reebok deal, the fighter lawsuit, and most certainly bigger than the “The Time Is Now” press conference. Are you ready?

Cris “Cyborg” Justino has CANCELLED her drop to the bantamweight division. As She told Tatame:

I can’t. From now on, I will only fight at my weight or in a catchweight. I haven’t fought in a long time and that’s why I want to go back to my division.

We know, we know, nobody could have possibly seen this coming.


Cris Cyborg’s Bantamweight Debut Delayed, Will Instead Defend Invicta FC Featherweight Title Early Next Year

(via Invicta FC.)

You may recall that Cris Cyborg (aka Cristiane Justino) was expected to make her highly-anticipated bantamweight debut at Invicta 10 this Friday, in a move that was being heralded as “the beginning of the end of the Rousey Era” by hyperbolic MMA writers across the board (you don’t know). That was until about a month ago, however, when an ankle injury forced Cyborg out of her matchup against an opponent who we’re pretty sure was never even named.

In any case, it has now been a year and a half since we last saw Cyborg compete — save a Muay Thai match here and there — and her Invicta featherweight title has presumably been collecting dust in the same dark corner where her stripped Strikeforce featherweight title sits. So with time working against her, Cyborg has decided to postpone her bantamweight debut in order to simply compete again. She spoke with MMAFighting earlier this morning:

I haven’t fought in a long time. With this injury, I believe the best option now will be fight in my division. I can’t wait anymore, I need to fight. I’m the featherweight champion and Invicta FC needs me to defend my belt.


The End Begins: Cris Cyborg’s Bantamweight Debut Set For Invicta 10 on December 5th

(An all scorpion diet may seem extreme, but it’s hard to argue with those results. via Cyborg’s Instagram)

A slightly slimmer yet equally terrifying Cris Cyborg is heading our way, y’all.

Although the fighter sometimes known as Cristiane Justino has been teasing a cut to 135 lbs ever since she had a doctor say that she was not physically capable of cutting to 135 lbs, and even though her last (muay Thai) match saw her get tooled on the feet for the first time in any capacity, there’s little denying that Cyborg is the biggest/only true challenge currently available for Ronda Rousey. (If one of you even mentions Bethe Correia, so help me God I will set you on fire.)

The problem is, Cyborg walks around at approximately one and a half Frankie Edgars, which makes a drop to the bantamweight division (aka Rousey’s House) seem nearly impossible. But like the mad scientists from the future who built Cristiane out of titanium and bear hide once said, “Nothing is impossible.”

As such, the UFC announced this morning that Cyborg will in fact be making her bantamweight debut at Invicta 10 on December 5th. Justino’s opponent has yet to be named, likely because finding someone willing to face almost certain death is more difficult than finding a friend who’s willing to help you move.

After the Jump: A video of Cristiane eating a scorpion in Thailand, just in case you were beginning to doubt how hardcore this chick is.


Cris Cyborg Dropping to Bantamweight for Invicta FC Fight in December

(Honestly? I still think Frankie wins this one seven times out of ten. / Photo via TitoCouture)

Yesterday, Shannon Knapp announced that Invicta FC 8 (September 6th; Kansas City, MO) will be the first Invicta event to air live on Fight Pass, and will be headlined by two title fights — Michelle Waterson defending her atomweight belt against Yasuko Tamada, and Stephanie Eggink fighting Katja Kankaanpaa for the promotion’s vacant strawweight title. The card will also feature Roxanne Modafferi vs. Tara LaRosa, Ediane Gomes vs. Tonya Evinger, and the return of Veronica Rothenhausler in a 155-pound bout against Charmaine Tweet.

One notable absence from the stacked all-female card is Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, who hasn’t competed in an MMA bout since last July. But there’s a good reason for that — Cyborg is in the process of transitioning to 135 pounds. As MMAJunkie reports:

“Cyborg” Justino is targeted for Invicta FC 10 against a TBA opponent, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said. She was targeted on two previous occasions to meet Ediane Gomes before injuries and event scheduling nixed the matchup. Justino could make her second appearance at 135 pounds in February or March, Knapp added.

It’s not yet decided whether Justino will vacate her current Invicta FC featherweight title, Knapp said…A date is not yet set for Invicta FC 10, which is expected to stream live on UFC Fight Pass as part of the all-female MMA promotion’s multi-year deal with the UFC’s digital network.

To aid Justino’s drop from her natural featherweight class, at which she’s fought since battering Gina Carano to win the title in the now-defunct Strikeforce, manager George Prajin said she will work with Tony Aponte, a performance and conditioning specialist who’s worked with ex-UFC champ B.J. Penn and Heath Herring, among others.