Although no opponent or date has been set for her next fight, Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino says she's well on her way to making her "test" 140 pound weight cut.
Cyborg is the current Invicta FC Featherweight champion, but has made no bones about her reasons for the slow and steady shedding of pounds off her muscular frame. She intends to one day contend for the UFC Bantamweight belt currently held by undefeated fighter Ronda Rousey.
The Brazilian appeared on Inside MMA on Friday night (Oct. 23, 2015) to talk about her journey.
"I want to make 140, make healthy and make good fight for all my fans watching. And, of course, everybody want to watch me and Ronda Rousey. [That] don't change, you know? My next fight, I fight again and after this fight probably people will ask again. And when Ronda Rousey fight Holly Holm people ask for this fight again. [But] next step make 140 next fight."
Although Cyborg admitted she's losing muscle from her considerable frame, a lot of the hard work has already been achieved prior to the brutal weight cut. Admitting she used to have a walking around weight of 177 pounds, after her hard work in the gym she's now walking around at 165 pounds.
Still, it's a long way to 135.
It's not new territory for Cyborg in making 140 pounds, however. In her debut U.S. fight against Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business in 2008, she made the mark without the assistance of a team or nutrition coach.
Not only does she have a team now, she has some pretty talented friends to work with.
Now a 14-1-0-1 fighter who hasn't been defeated in over a decade, Cyborg has even taken to training with Rousey's former rival Miesha Tate. In fact, Cyborg was seen chumming it up with Rousey's next opponent Holly Holm on the set of "Fight Valley".
"People think when you go inside Octagon, you're a fighter, you're mean person. You know I don't have anything personal with nobody. I just go inside the Octagon to fight and you have to be together because in women's MMA you have to be together to grow [the sport] and show respect to each other."
Yeah... respect. Not sure Rousey plays that game.
Despite the fact Cyborg looks fit and strong under her new training regimen it appears as though any superfight with Rousey is still quite a ways off.
And anyway, "Rowdy" has more pressing matters to deal with in the near future.