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Former Strikeforce Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg won't be able to cut to 135 pounds to fight Ronda Rousey because her doctor said losing too much weight will jeopardize her health and risk her chances of one day becoming a mother.
I have to admit, fight fans, this is an angle I hadn't considered.
Former Strikeforce Featherweight Champion Cristiane Justino won't abort her chances of one day becoming a mom, just to satisfy a bunch of rabid mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, who want to see the Brazilian bombshell drop to 135 pounds for a title fight opposite Ronda Rousey.
That's according to a recent report from MMA Weekly, who received word from the "Cyborg" camp that its top female fighter was told by her physician a cut to bantamweight would jeopardize her "personal physical health" and that s/he would not "sign off" on that kind of reduction in weight.
Members of Cris Cyborg's camp confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday that she visited with her heart doctor and was told that a cut to 135lbs would just not be safe based on her personal physical health. Her cardiologist stated emphatically that he would not sign off on a move down a weight class based on her current health.
The dangers to her body could also prohibit Santos from carrying a child later in life, and according to her camp, that was a risk the former Strikeforce champion was unwilling to make for any fight.
"Cyborg" is serving a year-long suspension that dates back to her 16-second knockout win over Hiroko Yamanaka back on Dec. 17, 2011, in San Diego, Calif., which was later ruled a "No Contest" because of the banned substance detected in her post-fight urinalysis.
That may leave Justino with no place to call home.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is in the process of importing a handful of top 135 pound fighters, headed by Rousey, following the demise of Strikeforce, which is expected to become official after the new year. Perhaps a catchweight fight will be considered?
The "Rowdy" one has already stated she's staying put right where she is.