A date has been revealed for the Invicta bantamweight debut of Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.
The Brazilian, who currently holds the Invicta FC featherweight title, will return to 135 pounds at Invicta FC 10 on Friday, Dec. 5.
Cyborg has been out of action since last July, when she captured the 145-pound Invicta belt with a fourth-round TKO over Marloes Coenen at Invicta FC 6. The 29-year-old has picked up two straight TKO wins under the Invicta banner.
The Brazilian has tasted defeat just once in her career, a first-round submission loss in 2005 against Erica Paes. Since then, Cyborg has demolished every opponent put in front of her while making stops in Storm Samurai, EliteXC, Strikeforce and Invicta. The former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion holds wins over Shayna Baszler, Vanessa Porto and Gina Carano. The fight with Carano, from whom Cyborg captured the Strikeforce title, was one of the biggest moments in women’s MMA history.
Now, Cyborg has her eyes set on current UFC champion Ronda Rousey. The pair were on a collision course previously in Strikeforce, but Rousey dropped to 135 pounds. In the past, Justino had claimed that she could not make the bantamweight limit again, but she has spent all of 2014 shedding the additional weight.
At this point in time, no opponent has been announced for the Brazilian. Invicta FC 10 will stream live via the UFC’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. An opponent for Justino, as well as the event’s location, is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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