UFC boss Dana White is hoping to make amends for the rough start Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino has had under the UFC label.
The Brazilian star has had a tough time since joining the brand, struggling to make weight at 140 pounds for her opening fight, then being flagged for a doping violation while she tried to recover from the weight loss.
Despite getting a retroactive therapeutic use exemption, then-women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie refused to fight Justino on moral grounds, saying she was a drug cheat.
The UFC has since stripped the Dutchwoman of her title and found Justino a worthy challenger for the women’s featherweight title.
Despite all of this, Cyborg has not failed to impress in the octagon, earning two wins under the brand, both TKO’s via punches.
“We signed ‘Cyborg,’ we made a commitment to ‘Cyborg,’ and not everything is easy and not everything is as fun as other divisions or whatever, but we made a commitment to this woman,” White told MMA Junkie.
“We signed ‘Cyborg,’ we made a commitment to ‘Cyborg,’ and not everything is easy and not everything is as fun as other divisions or whatever, but we made a commitment to this woman.
“She’s had a rough go here in the UFC. She hasn’t been thrilled with things that have been said, things that have been done. And to be honest with you, we’ve made some mistakes when it comes to ‘Cyborg.’ So the least we can do is get our [expletive] together and get this woman a fight for the title.”
Justino is set to face current Invicta FC women’s bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 and White is excited to see how that plays out.
“…Tonya Evinger is a girl who has been around for a long time,” added White.
“She’s tough, she’s gritty, and what I’m really looking for is, I want a woman that’s going to go out and fight ‘Cyborg.’ I believe Tonya Evinger is that woman. We’ll see.”