When her issues with USADA were laid to rest in February, Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino initially called for a slot on the UFC 212 card that is set to go down in Rio de Janeiro on June 3rd and suggested newly crowned Invicta FC interim featherweight titlist Megan Anderson as an opponent.
However, it seems that the Brazilian has changed her mind, both about the event at which she would next like to fight and against whom.
On Friday, ‘Cyborg’ posted a video to You Tube in which she called out UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie for July 29th in Anaheim, California, the date and venue for UFC 214.
“After the victory, ‘GDR’ at 145 pounds, the UFC determined that she will be the No. 1 contender for my title belt,” Cyborg said. “I’m in health now and I’m strong, and I really want to show my fans why I’m still 10 years undefeated at 145 pounds.”
“After my two fights in Brazil, I would like to fight in USA for my fans from here who could not go to Brazil to watch my fight.
“July 29th, the UFC will be in south California, and I would like to fight in my backyard in America, in Anaheim, California.
“So, Germaine, I hope your hand is healthy enough to accept my challenge.”
In reality, Justino’s sights have always been set on ‘GDR’, who became the first woman to win UFC gold at 145lbs when she defeated Holly Holm via decision back in February. ‘Cyborg’ only called out Anderson because De Randamie claimed that she would need surgery on her hand following her battle with Holm.
However, amidst a swarm of controversy regarding the manner of her victory over Holm, De Randamie subsequently claimed that she would jump straight back into action for a rematch with ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’.
“I think I owe it to Holly and the fans to do this fight again to make sure that the winner of this historic belt is crystal clear,” wrote ‘GDR’ in a Facebook post that was later shared to Instagram by her management firm, the ironically named Suckerpunch Entertainment(via MMAJunkie).
Obviously ‘Cyborg’ is thinking that if De Randamie is healthy enough to fight Holm, the Dutch kickboxer is healthy enough to fight her too.
In her video, ‘Cyborg’ also officially vacated her Invicta FC featherweight title, meaning that the aforementioned Anderson will now be promoted from interim titlist to champion. The 31-year-old’s decision to let go of the strap comes some 14 months after she last competed inside an Invicta FC cage. In her last defence of the belt, Justino destroyed Ukraine’s Daria Ibragimova inside one round at Invicta FC 15 on January 16th 2016.
You can watch ‘Cyborg’ make her statement below…