Q& A with Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino
Good day fight fans. I have a special treat for your reading enjoyment. I had the privilege of sitting down with arguable the best pound 4 pound women’s fighter to ever step into the cage. Cristine “Cyborg” Justino is a professional mixed martial artist with a professional record of 17-1. She lost her first professional fight and has been unstoppable for the last 12 years. She has won 15 of her fights via KO/TKO and 2 via decision. She is also the Invicta FC champion at 145 pounds. There has been a lot of buzz around her with the new 145 pound weight class in the UFC claiming its first champion. For this very special interview I will be skipping my general questions. We know Cyborg is a warrior and loves to compete. She fears no one and strives to be the best and I believe she is. It does not matter what belt she has or anyone else for that matter. To truly be the best you need to beat the best. Let’s take a seat and get down to the facts about all the buzz going on in the new women’s weight class.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Cris: I started training at 19.
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Cris: I have a Black Belt in Chute Boxe Muay Thai and a Brown Belt Atos BJJ.
Nick: How long have you been with Chute Boxe?
Cris: I started with Chute Boxe and have been with them my entire career
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are, and what’s the thing you need to work on the most?
Cris: I let my opponents and fans discuss this.
Nick: Your nickname is Cyborg, who gave you that name?
Cris: My Ex husband had the nickname, when I signed up for my first fight the gym listed my name as Cris Cyborg.
Nick: People talk about the next generation of fighters, and your name is always in the mix. Do you feel that you represent the next level of fighter? Do you feel any pressure to be that next level?
Cris: I have been world champion a long time. I have not been beaten in MMA for 10 years. I am #1 in the world and have been training like the number 1 contender for a long time.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Cris: Weight Cutting has always been a factor in my career. Watch my documentary on Youtube search Cris Cyborg Documentary and it will educate you on the struggles.
*Please check her documentary out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcj64LDGrhc
Nick: I read on one website that the author felt you were using the USADA to dodge the 145 pound fight on February 11. I myself think that this is a bogus claim. How do you feel about those accusations?
Cris: I was not healthy enough to compete February 11th.
Nick: After the recent news of potential USADA violation you explained that the substance in question is used for therapeutic reasons and administered by your physician. You also stated that your physician put you on medical suspension until the treatment is complete. While all of this information checks out to be 100% accurate how do you feel knowing that some people think that you are not a “clean” athlete even though you have been one of the most tested athletes in WMMA/MMA?
Cris: I am a clean athlete there isn’t more to say.
*Since the interview, Cyborg has been cleared by USADA
Nick: Do you have a timeline for your return to the octagon? There are a ton of people waiting for it.
Cris: I am ready to start training now. If Germaine De Randamie needs time to heal her hand I would love an opportunity to fight on UFC Rio.
Nick: Germaine de Randamie has been crowned the 145 pound champion after a controversial decision win over Holly Holm at UFC 208 in Brooklyn. She said post fight that she suffered a hand injury and may require surgery and was unable to commit to the fight against you. You then turned your attention to interim Invicta champion Megan Anderson. Shortly after Germaine offered an immediate rematch to Holly Holm. Some have seen this as a tactic to dodge fighting you for the title. Do you believe that it was meant to dodge you in the octagon?
Cris: I don’t know. Germaine De Randamie is a fighter who fights for a living she will make the best decision for her and her team.
Nick: After Germaine de Randamie declined your challenge after UFC 208 you challenged interim Invicta champion Megan Anderson with the intention of unifying that belt since you are still the champion at that weight for Invicta. Anderson, who is a contender said it is not a good time for her to face you in the octagon. Most analysts have reported that this is clearly her dodging you. Do you feel that this is the second fighter to dodge you in the octagon?
Cris: Megan Anderson is #4 in the world and just won the Invicta FC interim belt. She has won 4 fights in a row by KO. She is the next contender if Germane De Randamie is not ready to compete.
Nick: What is next for you in the fight world? It seems right now that there isn’t anyone who wants to fight you. I know your fans are eager to know.
Cris: I am suppose to fight for the UFC Featherweight World Title.
Nick: I like to ask fighters who their dream fight would be with and why. I have to assume that your dream fight would be with whoever has the title that you have been wanting to fight for. Is this an accurate statement?
Cris: My dream fight is one that the fans will remember for many years where both myself and my opponent are able to showcase the skills that make women’s MMA exciting.
I can say that I truly enjoyed this interview. I want to thank Cris for taking the time to answer questions for me and her fans. She is a sweetheart to talk to and is very humble even though she has been so successful.
Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella.