Cris Cyborg vs. Martina Jindrova Muay Thai fight booked for Sept. 20 on AXS TV

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She may be one of the best female fighters in MMA ... but what will happen when you take away her ground game?

Someone is a busy little beaver.

Former Strikeforce and current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane Justino (12-1) isn't going to spend much time on the sidelines after mopping the floor with Marloes Coenen last month in Kansas City, booking herself in a Muay Thai fight against kickboxing champion Martina Jindrova.

Why?

"Cyborg" breaks it down for USA Today.

"Obviously, I like to compete. In Brazil, I competed in Muay Thai. It's good experience for my game and a good opportunity for me. I like to always keep training in jiu-jitsu and standup, and now Muay Thai. I like striking -- it's more exciting to watch, and this is a good opportunity to fight Muay Thai. It's very exciting, and I hope to have other fights before the end of the year. I think I learn something every fight."

It will be interesting to see how well she fares outside the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage.

Where there is no ground game.

"Cyborg vs. Jindrova" headlines the Lion Fight 11 event on AXS TV from the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 20, 2013. With two fights remaining on her existing MMA contract, the Brazilian is expected to defend her Invicta FC title later this year.

And you can bet this crosstown rival will be watching.


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