Cristiane Justino has done something quite remarkable in her mixed martial arts (MMA) career, holding featherweight titles for Strikeforce, Invicta Fighting Championship, and now Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
She also has a staggering 16 knockouts in 18 wins.
Those achievements are enough to stand on their own, but advisor and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz wants to make sure the combat sports universe recognizes that “Cyborg” is head and shoulders above ex-bantamweight queenpin Ronda Rousey.
From his conversation with Submission Radio:
“Ronda was a flash in the pan. And nothing against her, she was a great champ at the time, but when you’re getting hand-fed opponents, it is what it is. But Cris is not a person to submit people and give them an opportunity to do it again, she’s a person to knock people out. As you heard tonight at the press conference, people comparing her to a Mike Tyson. But now she’s a confident person, is keeping her hips low and yeah, she swings like Mike Tyson. All of her sparring partners, they’re all men. We don’t have any women sparring partners with her, and when they do it’s just a confidence booster for her, and I’ve got to thank all of them for coming in and working with her. Cris is finally the UFC world champ.”
Proof that you can never say never.
Justino (18-1, 1 NC) angled for a Rousey fight for the better part of four years, but continued to find roadblocks along the way. The former wanted a catchweight bout while the latter wanted murder charges.
Not that it matters at this point.