Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino ‘Excited’ to Begin New Era After Parting Ways with UFC

By: Tristen Critchfield
Aug 6, 2019


Last week, Dana White announced that the Ultimate Fighting Championship was “out of the Cyborg business,” and it appears that Cristiane Justino couldn’t be happier.

The Brazilian star released a statement via Instagram on Monday, revealing that she is “very happy” to be finished with the UFC era. Justino completed her contract at UFC 240, where she earned a dominant unanimous decision over Felicia Spencer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 27.

“The means no one released me,” Justino added.

While that is correct, the UFC did apparently waive the three-month negotiating rights it retained over the former women’s featherweight champion, clearing the way for her to test free agent waters immediately.

Organizations such as Bellator MMA, Professional Fighters League and One Championship are all expected to have an interest in “Cyborg,” who was also a belt holder in Strikeforce and Invicta FC. She did not, however, reveal her destination.

“I’m going to a place people knows about the word respect,” she wrote in the comments. “Uncle Dana don’t want give the rematch [with Amanda Nunes] .. I can’t be stuck [an event] don’t have my division.. I can’t be fighting 1 time per year.. and the boss try damage my brand. I’m fighter and human [being] too.”

If she had stayed in the Las Vegas-based promotion, Justino claims there wouldn’t have been enough featherweights on the roster to keep her active. Justino also said that White didn’t want to give her the Nunes rematch. Nunes defeated “Cyborg” via first-round knockout at UFC 232 this past December to become a two-division champion.

“Dana didn’t want to give me the rematch, only a six-fight contract, and the UFC unfortunately doesn’t have girls in my division,” Cyborg wrote in another comment in Portuguese (translation via MMAFighting.com ). “I’d die in the UFC without fighting, and still being defamed, so the best option would be see other promotions that have my division, where I could fight more often. Who knows, maybe one day Amanda and I will rematch. No one knows what tomorrow might bring, God’s the one who makes my plans.”

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Estou muito feliz Deus é fiel , finalizei a ERA #UFC fiz minha última luta, isso quer dizer que ninguém me liberou ! Juntos tivemos a ERA #eliteXc , ERA #Strikeforce , ERA #InvictaFC e Era #UFC, todas foram de sucesso! Estaremos começando uma nova #ERA em breve novidades ansiosa para saber aonde vai ser a nossa próxima ERA! A Nação Cyborg já era Gigante antes da da ERA UFC mesmo tentando nos deletar, imagina agora que estaremos em um barco que a Nação Cyborg vai ser bem-vindo. “ Vai ser só alegria “ ! galera não deixem de seguir meu canal do YouTube vai ter em breve novidades. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I'm very happy God is faithful, I finished ERA #UFC I did my last fight, that means no one released me ! Together we had ERA #eliteXc, ERA #Strikeforce, ERA #InvictaFC and ERA #UFC, all were successful! We will be starting a new #ERA soon news I’m excited to know where will be our next ERA! The Cyborg Nation was already Giant before the ERA UFC even trying to delete us, imagine now that we will be in a boat that the Cyborg Nation will be welcome. “It will be just joy”! guys be sure to follow my YouTube channel will soon have news. #CYBORGNATION #NEWERA

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