Cris ‘Cyborg’ should focus on being Invicta’s champion

Photo Credit: Ether Lin-Invicta FC

Note: This is a column I wrote for MMALatest

Featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino proved that she is pound-for-pound one of the most dangerous fighters in mixed martial arts after she dispatched challenger Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet at Invicta FC 11.

Everyone has their speculations on what Justino will do next. Some folks think she’ll head to the UFC and face women’s bantamweight titleholder “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. At the post-fight press conference, Justino assured the media that her contract is with Invicta Fighting Championships, although skeptics point out that she is saying this at an event streamed on the UFC’s Youtube channel and just fought on an event featured on UFC Fight Pass. I hope Justino does keep her world and continue to fight for Invicta. The promotion needs star power and she is their biggest draw.

I’ll be honest, I’m kind of sick of hearing this talk about Justino vs. Rousey. I understand that fans are foaming at the mouth for this match to happen, but the Rowdy one has repeatedly refused to fight Cyborg until the Invicta champion can successfully drop back to 135 pounds, something she hasn’t done since 2008 when she fought Shayna Baszler. Justino has tried to make the weight cut during her run with Invicta – the promotion was even touting a main event match with Cyborg at bantamweight – but it never happened.

After beating Tweet fans may think that Justino has no other challenges that Invicta can put before her, but last time I checked, the promotion’s roster has a few gems in the featherweight division. There’s grappling artist Ediane Gomes, who has repeatedly called out Justino. You have Amanda “The Lady Killer” Bell, who has been a tear as of late. Veronica Rothenhausler, a knockout artist who suffered a setback in her fight against Tweet but could easily make a comeback.

Some of Invicta’s bantamweights could move up to 145 as well. During the press conference, Irene Aldana, who scored a submission win over Colleen Schneider, said she would be honored to “share the cage” with Justino. Invicta president Shannon Knapp and crew could also scout for new talent.

Invicta has some big things coming its way in 2015, including an event in Las Vegas in July. Knapp said Justino is schedule to headline the event.

INVICTA FC 11 OFFICIAL RESULTS

Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino def. Charmaine Tweet by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:46 – for featherweight title
Alexa Grasso def. Mizuki Inoue by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
DeAnna Bennett def. Norma Rueda Center by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Irene Aldana def. Colleen Schneider by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:05
Jamie Moyle def. J.J. Aldrich by technical submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:20
Amy Montenegro def. Brianna Van Buren by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Christine Stanley def. Laura Salazar by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:59
Aspen Ladd def. Ana Carolina Vidal by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:21

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About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.
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