Cris “Cyborg” Justino is taking the first step on the road that will hopefully end with a fight against Ronda Rousey. It was announced by Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp that the next time Cyborg fights it will be at 140-pounds, which is five pounds less-then the featherweight limit of 145-pounds. Cyborg’s ultimate goal will to be able to reach the bantamweight limit of 135-pounds safely in order to finally be able to fight Ronda Rousey.
According to Knapp, Cyborg’s next bout will take place in November but as of this writing no opponent or specific date has been announced for the event. Cyborg was signed to a contract with Zuffa, which is the parent company of the UFC, in March of this year. The signing lead many to believe that a Cyborg vs. Rousey bout will finally take place but it was soon learned that in order for the dream match to happen Cyborg had to prove that she could make the bantamweight limit while in Invicta FC. The UFC currently does not have a women’s 145-pound division.
Over the summer the Cyborg and Rousey beef has reached epic proportions with both women taking shots at one another in social media and during interviews. After Rousey defeated Bethe Correira in August the rumors of a Cyborg bout began to heat up as it was speculated that the UFC was planning of holding an even at the AT&T Stadium on Dallas, Texas. Those rumors were quickly shot down as it was announced that Rousey would defend her title against Holly Holm in Australia.
If Cyborg can make the 140-pound mark without any issues and she is victorious then there would be a strong possibility that the two women could finally face each other in 2016.