Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino’s weight-cut became one of the major MMA stories of the week in the aftermath of her revealing interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
The feared Brazilian told Helwani that she had some 25lbs to drop in just four days in order to make the 140-pound catchweight limit that applied to her bout with Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95.
It was a startling revelation.
Nevertheless, Justino managed to make the contracted weight. Taking advantage of the one extra pound allowed to fighters competing in non-title fights, she hit the scales at 141lbs on Friday morning.
However, she looked extremely fragile and far more gaunt than she had when weighing in at 139lbs for UFC 198 earlier this year.
This mattered little come Saturday night though. The Invicta FC featherweight champion showed no ill-effects from the harrowing battle she had been involved in over the previous few days, dispatching of a ready and willing Lansberg via a barrage of grounded strikes in the second round.
The TKO was a popular result at Brasilia’s Ginasio Nilson Nelson.
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In the co-main event, another Brazilian fighter picked up a win, as former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao bested Phillipe Nover over three rounds. Each judge at cageside scored the the fight in favour of ‘The Baron’, with the scorecards reading 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
It was a hugely important win for Barao, who had lost three of his previous four fights.