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Report: Cris Cyborg has been under contract with UFC for two months

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Cris "Cyborg" Justino has seemingly done what no other modern mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter on the planet has ever done -- including Fedor Emelianenko (M-1), Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce), Eddie Alvarez (Bellator MMA), etc. -- striking a co-promotion deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Indeed, Invicta FC's Women's Featherweight champion has inked a side deal with UFC, which has apparently been in place for more than two months.

But, there is a catch, according to Ariel Helwani on tonight's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FOX Sports 1.

"According to Dana White, she signed [with UFC] two months ago, but the deal is: She needs to make 135 pounds in Invicta before she gets to fight in UFC. Next, she’ll fight in July at 145, then will fight at 135 before entering the UFC."

Lorenzo Fertitta ... so smooth.

It shouldn't come as too much of a shock -- UFC and "Cyborg" have been in negotiations for some time. In addition, UFC has a great relationship with Invicta FC, recently buying out the contracts of its most talented Strawweight fighters (read more details here) and airing the promotion's events on its "Fight Pass" digital network.

Regardless, details of those negotiations, including terms and clauses, were unknown up until now. In other words, it's all but a done deal that whenever the Brazilian bomber can make the drop to 135 pounds -- or continue to verbally browbeat UFC's reigning champion into submission -- an Octagon debut is imminent.

First things first: "Cyborg," fresh of a savage beatdown of Charmaine Tweet at Invicta 11 (read results recap here), will have to somehow shed 10 pounds and win a Bantamweight match before she can make her promotional debut with UFC.

Rousey, meanwhile, has her hands full with fellow Brazilian Bethe Correia, who she will battle behind enemy lines at UFC 190 inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1, 2015.

Here's to hoping "Cyborg" and "Rowdy" both take care of their respective business (sooner than later) to set up what would, undoubtedly, be an incredible moment in front of a rabid Brazilian crowd.

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