It would be an understatement to say that Cris “Cyborg” Justino had a good 2013.
When she made her return to the cage at Invicta FC 5 and defeated Fiona Muxlow in the first round via TKO, it was as if Justino had not lost any momentum from her time off.
Her win over Muxlow, not only be the first in a string of big wins in 2013, but also it was a wave to erase the shadows of the 20 months, which included a divorce from her previous husband and a suspension after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Justino made many changes of her life, such as adding UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz as her manager and winning gold medals in the 2011 and 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships.
After defeating Muxlow, Justino was placed in a rematch against former rival Marloes Coenen for the Invicta FC Featherweight title, which took place at Invicta FC 6 in July. Although Coenen had racked several wins, as well as a run as the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion, the Cyborg would once again defeat Coenen by TKO and become the Invicta FC 145-pound champion.
Justino’s next victory would not be in the cage, but rather in the ring. She made her return to Muay Thai at Lion Fight 11 against Jennifer Colomb. She would win the fight by TKO in the third round. The Cyborg said he would light to fight for a Lion Fight title in the future.
With 2013 nearing a close, fans may wonder when Justino will have her next MMA fight. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, the Invicta FC champion said she expects to return to the cage in Janurary 2014. She said Invicta asked her if she would fight at 155 pounds, though is no certainly her fight will take place at lightweight. Justino also said she does not know the identity of her next opponent.
One thing Justino does know is that she will continue to fight for Invicta. While the fight in Janurary would be the last bout in her three-fight contract, the Cyborg said she would re-sign with the promotion. She also teased the idea of having a cross-promotion fight between herself and UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
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