Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino was sitting cage side at “UFC 208”, eagerly awaiting the judges’ decision to find out who her next opponent would be inside the octagon. Watching UFC President Dana White fasten the championship belt around the waist of Germaine de Randamie must have been a sore sight for “Cyborg” to see, but what De Randamie said next put a halt on “Cyborg’s” path to UFC featherweight gold.
Not only did de Randamie reveal on fight night that she would be sidelined with an injury, but she mentioned in a social media post that she was willing to give Holm the rematch due to the controversy surrounding the late-strikes in between rounds. “Cyborg” was recently a guest on “MMA Hour” and had this to say about the sitation:
“Sounds funny because they know, they know, before they go inside the cage, ‘if you win this fight, you’re gonna fight Cyborg.’ … I (was) supposed to fight there, I cannot fight, they make this fight happen, and the winner will be my next opponent. It sounds funny to say ‘oh, fight Cyborg now, I’m injured, I need surgery,’ and after you want rematch with Holly Holm.”
“I really felt happy they are having my division. I know the division is gonna keep there. It doesn’t matter if I’m gonna fight now or later. And it will be my time. Everybody knows who’s the champion at 145. Almost 10 years world champ, and I keep training like contender number one.”