Can Cris Cyborg make the cut to 135, and what would it do to her?


Last Thursday, Cris 'Cybrog' Justino was wrapped in three layers of clothing, in a room at 85 degrees, the hottest it would go.

A scale came to out to see if the fevered efforts had paid off. They did, 145, exactly.

Then ESPN's Brett Okamoto did his job.

“Can you really weigh 10 pounds less than you weigh right now?” he asked.

?Those ten pounds stand between the biggest fight in WMMA history - UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg. However, Cyborg walks around at 170 and has never fought below 145. Rousey will not consider a catchweight fight. 

Last year Justino's former manager, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz said that Cyborg would be risking her life if she cut to 135. This year, she said wants to defend her Invicta 145 title this spring, fight for the Invicta 135 tile this summer, and then fight Rousey at 135, twice.

It is not clear how it would be to the UFC's advantage to have someone come in, potentially beat one of their marquee stars, twice, and then leave. However, that is Cyborg's explicit goal.

“It’s a year later, and I guess all the things Ronda has said about her, all the things Dana White has said about her, it hurt her feelings,” said Ortiz. “Hearing all that makes a person want to make it possible. 

“If she thinks she can get down there, we’ll try. We’ll make that push. But for this [145-pound Muay Thai fight] she had no carbs. She didn’t lift any weights. She was still walking around at 159 pounds. She’s still having trouble. Yes, it was easier this time, but she’s still making that 15-pound cut the week of the fight.” 

Andy Schnadig, Justino’s S&C coach, also expressed some hesitancy.

“She walks around at 170 pounds with a six-pack,” said Schnadig. “You start getting to 160, and you can see the veins in her abdominals. To get to 135 she’s going to have to lose lean muscle tissue. 

“I don’t think going to 135 pounds is really good for her, but she kind of has to do it to prove her point.” 

“Where it’s going to come off is genetics. We can’t spot reduce and say she has really strong hips, so we can afford to lose muscle in her glutes. It’s going to come off where it comes off. 

“I don’t know if she’ll lose some of that incredible power she has in her hips or not. You’ve seen her fight. She’s a killer. She’ll still have that aggression, but everything from basically her bottom rib to her knees is so strong. If she loses that muscle tissue, maybe she doesn’t have that anymore.” 

So no one knows what the cut would do to Cris Cyborg. But she answered Okamoto's question.

“This time, it does not feel impossible,” she said. “In December, I put it in my head that nothing is impossible. I’ve put it in my head that I can. I can.”

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SensoriaUtopia site profile image  

4/2/14 9:23 AM by SensoriaUtopia

Dude she can still fight Cyborg at 140 then, just have Cyborg agree to testing, it's that simple, if Cyborg shies away from testing, well then Ronda can easily deny the fight and Cyborg looks like a blatant cheater, fight a clean Cyborg, not a drained one.EZ

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4/1/14 5:14 PM by JoeHurley

Okay Captain Obvious. We all see the same news so its not like you have some insider access. Didnt think i needed to repeat the steroid issue and failed drug test. Why would she fight Gina at 145 and not Cyborg? Because Gina is a bigger name and doesnt have the steroid taint attached to her. Nobody questions Matt Serra saying he would only come back for a mma match with Matt Hughes.

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4/1/14 5:03 PM by trainhardtwoin

You are eating out of Rhonda's hand. Don't you know that Ronda knows about the huge debate of Cyborg/145lbs/140lbs/catchweight topics? So is it not obvious Rhonda said this for a reason? If she was really trying to hide that she was scared. Why would she say something that would stir the question? "Well if you can fight Gina at 145lbs, why not Cyborg?" Come on... Think. She obviously had reason for saying it after saying it for all these years that she wouldn't fight at 145lbs. She should know that people would say EXACTLY what you are saying. Obviously it was a spite statement to Cyborg and people like you.

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4/1/14 2:14 PM by OCJudoTrngCtr

"She would happily fight Gina at 145. She said that like two weeks ago dude. Keep up" She respects and likes Gina. Since she got into MMA, she has been very consistent with her statements regarding her admiration of Gina Carano. Since Cyborg got caught with steroids, Ronda has been very consistent with her statements regarding Cyborg. She has called her a cheater, a disgrace to the sport and other superlatives I am just too lazy to look up for now. That she would make an accomodation for Gina should not be a surprise to anyone. That she will not accomodate Cyborg or cut her any slack in any kind of negotiation should not be a surprise either.  

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4/1/14 9:45 AM by MMA Lives Here

"If you want to fight Rhonda so bad then make 135 because she's made it clear she has no interest in going up to accommodate an opponent in a fight."She would happily fight Gina at 145. She said that like two weeks ago dude. Keep up

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4/1/14 9:41 AM by MMA Lives Here


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4/1/14 9:33 AM by CapnKindBud

I think that Ronda is only so strict on the weight with Cyborg because she believes that Cyborg is a product of steroids.She fights a swarming, overpowering style and has been busted doing steroids.Ronda wants to take the steroid advantage away from her and show her for what she really is.Cyborg is already showing that her lack of technique will hurt her .Why was it so hard for Cyborg to get down to 145 ? I thought that was her weight class forever?She is notorious for missing weight and then the fight still happens and she steamrolls the opponent .Ronda is just trying to level the playing field .She's the name . She's the champ and Cyborg can't make money without her.So Cyborg will make 135, get subbed early, and cash the check.The 135lb Cyborg will look much different and the winging roundhouse punches will not knock anyone out or even hurt Ronda.Her bull rush style makes it that much easier for Ronda to get the clinch, toss her down and sub her ass.

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4/1/14 9:21 AM by duckhuntgangsta

In which regard?

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4/1/14 9:18 AM by duckhuntgangsta

But babies....

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4/1/14 9:13 AM by duckhuntgangsta

Did you really laugh out load before that third paragraph? I'm calling bullshit.