Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino Makes Her Long Awaited UFC Debut

The Brazilian Women’s MMA phenom Cris Cyborg will finally be fighting for the biggest MMA organization in the world, the UFC.  Since starting out in Mixed Martial Arts ten years ago Cyborg has been virtually unstoppable, with a professional record of 15-1 she has won 13 of those fights by TKO.  The former Strikeforce Featherweight Champ and current Invicta FC Featherweight Champ signed with the UFC back in July 2015.  She signed a contract with the UFC under the terms that she would make the weight cut to 135 pounds (Bantamweight).

As it turns out the cut to 135lbs might be too much for Cyborg to make, so she began campaigning for an opponent to meet her at a catch-weight of 140 lbs.  Up until now no fighter would take the fight, Leslie Smith is the only one who is will to take the fight.  Cyborg will be taking on Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in Brazil this Saturday May 14.  Cyborg has not fought in her native country since 2006, when she competed there for Storm Samurai.  She is still the current champ for Invicta FC, since winning the belt in July 2013 she has successfully defended the title three times.  Her most recent title defense was against Daria Ibragimoua at Invicta FC 15, she ended the fight in the first round via KO.

Leslie Smith in an American fighter who came to the UFC in 2014.  Since joining the UFC Smith has gone 2-2 with her most recent win coming over Rin Nakai at UFC Fight Night Brisbane, Australia.  Smith won that fight via unanimous decision.  In the past Smith has competed at 135 lbs as well as 125 lbs, this will be the highest weight that she has competed at professionally. Smith has made claims leading up to this fight that she will be known as the won who beat Cris Cyborg, no doubt that Smith is going into this fight as a huge underdog.  Tune in Saturday to find out which of these ladies will prove that they are the real deal.  The fight will be shown on UFC Fight Pass.

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