For years, the relationship between Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and the UFC has not exactly been the best. After years of trying to get a fight at featherweight inside the octagon, a lack of opponents and multiple public exchanges with UFC president Dana White, the Brazilian found herself at a new crossroads when Germaine de Randamie, the newly created UFC featherweight division’s champion, refused to take a fight with her.
And that latest incident seems to have brought the Brazilian’s patience to an end.
Assuring that she is still looking for a fight at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California on July 29, “Cyborg” revealed during a conversation with AG. Fight that her contract with the UFC is ending, leaving her space to start talking with other MMA organizations.
“Fighting or not, my contract is running out”, Justino said. “I think it’s been six years that the UFC is acting anti Cris Cyborg instead of working together. Time is running out and soon I’ll be a free agent.”
If an agreement can be made before time does run out, “Cyborg” has multiple options in the UFC. Next to a seemingly unlikely fight against de Randamie, Cat Zingano has been brought up by Justino herself as well as Megan Anderson, featherweight champion over at Invicta FC.
“It’s not my problem”, Justino said. “[Germaine de Randamie] is the champion that the UFC got for themselves. I just want to fight, regardless of belt or not. Everyone knows who the 145-pound champion is. [I] said that I will fight at UFC 214. […] The correct opponent would be someone of my ranking and from my weight class.”