The eagerly anticipated bantamweight debut of Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino will not take place at Invicta FC 10 on December 5th after all due to the former Strikeforce featherweight champion picking up an ankle injury.
“I am blessed with the best fans in #mma,” Cyborg wrote on Facebook. “I appreciate everyone supporting #TeamCyborg as I rehab my injury so I can continue to prove I am the best female fighter on the planet. Tomorrow evening here on #SQOR I will be updating everyone on my injury. I am disappointed just like my fans, I have been working hard and am disappointed for my #Invictafc fight to be delayed. Please follow me on Sqor to get the inside scoop on my injury and #teamcyborg #criscyborg #teamcyborg 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Cyborg’s chances of fighting in the UFC are believed to hinge on her proving that she can successfully make a go of it in the woman’s bantamweight division, something that she herself had been resistant to in the past fearing that the weight cut would be too hard.
However, due to the UFC’s refusal to set up a featherweight division at this time, and bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey denying her the chance to fight at a catchweight, she had finally relented and had been set to headline the Invicta FC 10 show against an opponent that had still to be decided.
Her injury call-off is undoubtedly a blow for Invicta, but they have moved quickly to install a new headliner with another of their biggest stars, atomweight champion Michelle Waterson, set to take on Herico Tiburcio instead.