Current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Christiane “Cyborg” Justino will be headlining her first UFC event on Saturday Night, UFC Fight Night 94, against newcomer Lina Akhtar Lansberg.
However, before we can even come close to discussing that fight, there is another fight we need to be looking at and that is the battle between Cyborg and weight cutting. According to Cyborg herself on The MMA Hour, she is at least 24 pounds away from making the agreed up catchweight limit of 140 pounds.
"I fly from America to Brazil [five days ago] 168 pounds," Justino said. "Today, I wake up 165."
According to Cyborg, in the very same interview, her nutrition coach put her on birth control for this fight, which is something she has never done before.
"In this camp, my nutrition coach, he starts giving to me birth control, and I never take this in my life, and I take this three months, every day," Justino said. "My coach says it will be good for me, I believe in him, and, man I fly from America to Brazil 168 pounds. My body will hold more water than normal, and I don't think this will really help my body."
Cyborg also talked about how she is nowhere near her targeted goal of 150 pounds at this point in time, which is scaring the female MMA champion.
"This camp I don't touch 150," she said. "It's really scary, I look in the mirror, I trained double and I don't know why I don't touch '50. Just something different in this camp is I take birth control. Last fight, I make 140, it was successful."
The interview comes to a close with Cyborg talking about future catchweight division fights and the changes she may have to make in her life.
"I don't want to say I'll never fight 140 again, that's probably not true," Cyborg said. "But a lot of things have to change. If I make 140, I sacrifice a lot of things in my life, my diet, my training, my thyroid, its insane to make 140, I think a lot of things have to be put on the table before I make 140 again."