Cagewriter

Shannon Knapp: Cris 'Cyborg' Justino on pace to make 135

Cagewriter
cris cyborg santos
.

View photo

Cris "Cyborg" Justino will make her bantamweight debut on Dec. 5 on an Invicta FC show streamed on UFC FightPass. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Forza LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images)

Cris "Cyborg" Justino doesn't yet know who she'll fight in December at Invicta FC 10, but she knows it will be at a new and lighter weight class - 135 pounds, instead of her usual 145 pounds. The former Strikeforce champion has vowed go down to the weight class her team once said she could die trying to make, in order to chase a fight with UFC champion Ronda Rousey.

Justino was reportedly once offered a fight with Rousey and a UFC contract, after the UFC absorbed Strikeforce into itself, but turned it down because she couldn't make the weight in the relatively short period she would have had to. Now, the Brazilian striker is on pace, according to her boss Shannon Knapp.

“Everything seems to be on schedule,” Knapp told Sherdog in a recent interview.

“She is pumped up and ready. She is making her way. She wants that fight with Ronda. She is putting in the hard work, the time and the effort to get that fight. I think she’s very focused on getting to where she needs to be and where she needs to go to have that matchup.”

Invicta FC 10 and Justino's bantamweight debut are set to appear on UFC Fight Pass. Knapp says that Invicta plans to document Justino's weight cut, once she gets to the difficult part of it.

“As she really starts into that hard cut of the weight, we want to document that," she sad.

"We want to take the fans on that journey with her and let them see. She’s a tremendous athlete. A lot of people have negative stuff to say; they kick her around [about] muscle mass and stuff like that."

Knapp seems as eager to have her champion fight Rousey as the two fighters are to fight one another. “Provided that [Justino] does make that weight, if we can get that matchup between her and Ronda, this is going to be a fight that people are not going to forget," she said.

"If you ask me, this is the biggest female fight there is out there and will be out there for years to come.”

Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Related Video:

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Did Minnesota wildly overpay for Coyotes’ Martin Hanzal?

      Did Minnesota wildly overpay for Coyotes’ Martin Hanzal?

      Martin Hanzal is a nice player. After three years getting above 0.60 points per game, he’s dipped back to 0.51 in 51 games with the Arizona Coyotes this season, his 16 goals led the team. Arizona retained 50-percent of Hanzal’s $3.1 million cap … More »

      Puck Daddy - 1 hour 11 minutes ago
    • LA Kings trade for Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay Lightning

      LA Kings trade for Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay Lightning

      The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. The Lightning picked up Los Angeles goaltender Peter Budaj, 19-year-old defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft and a … More »

      Puck Daddy - 2 hours 18 minutes ago
    • Vancouver Canucks say more players have mumps symptoms

      Vancouver Canucks say more players have mumps symptoms

      Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Ben Hutton of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden on February 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Vancouver Canucks announced the possibility of more cases of mumps with the team. … More »

      Puck Daddy - 3 hours ago
    • World Baseball Classic 2017: Can the Dominican Republic repeat as champion?

      World Baseball Classic 2017: Can the Dominican Republic repeat as champion?

      From now until the World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, we’ll be helping you get to know each team involved in baseball’s global tournament. The Dominican Republic has one thing in mind entering the 2017 World Baseball Classic: Repeat. With … More »

      Big League Stew - 5 hours ago
    • Ex-Sabres enforcer Peters suspended after youth brawl

      Ex-Sabres enforcer Peters suspended after youth brawl

      Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres watches as they play against the Chicago Blackhawks on December 15, 2007 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. Former Buffalo Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended from coaching the Jr. Sabres after his … More »

      Puck Daddy - 7 hours ago