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UFC’s Cris “Cyborg” Outlines Why She Turned Down 145 Title Fight Offers

Kelsey Mowatt

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Dana White is reportedly wondering why Cris “Cyborg” Justino has really turned down two, title fight offers for a new, 145 title, but the renowned fighter says it’s because of her health.

Following “Cyborg’s” back-to-back victories in the UFC, which took place at 140 pounds, there was more calls than ever for the promotion to create a woman’s featherweight division. Justino has repeatedly said that the weight cut is torture for her, and there’s been plenty of coverage regarding how the Brazilian suffers to make 140.

Well, recently White appeared on the UFC’s podcast, and during it he reported the promotion has offered “Cyborg” bouts for an inaugural 145 title, twice. According to a follow up report from MMA Fighting, White says Justino has been offered fights with Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. But, since “Cyborg” stated that eight weeks isn’t enough time to make 145, White is questioning what the real reason is for her decision.

In the aforementioned report from MMA Fighting, however, “Cyborg” released a lengthy statement explaining why she couldn’t accept the fight offers. Even one fight that was ten weeks away. According to Justino, she needs more time to mentally and physically recover from what she endured, cutting to 140. Here is just some of what she had to say:

After that, they invited me to fight again, but this time at my weight and for the belt, but with 10 weeks’ notice. Knowing that I was recovering, like I said, I told them I can fight anyone in March, but I need to take care of my body, and no mention of the fact that I’m dealing with severe depression and can’t have another brutal weight cut like before. This decision is more important than the belt or the division, I’m thinking about my health.

I thank my fans. We did it! I’ll soon be fighting in my division, where I’m the world champion. You and God are loyal. I’ll be ready to fight in March.

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