Current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, Cris “Cyborg” Justino has her eyes set on accomplishing more than any woman ever has before in combat sports. A well renowned knockout artist in MMA, Justino now has her sights set on adding a Muay Thai belt to her collection.
On September 20, she’ll get one step closer when she returns to her Muay Thai roots and steps into a ring to battle Martina Jindrova. The 28-year-old Brazilian will compete in Las Vegas at Lion Fight 11′s first fight card at the Fremont Street Experience. The full rules Muay Thai event will emanate from an outdoor ring in front of the D Hotel at the Third Street stage and be nationally televised on AXS TV.
Though the fight is not for a championship, Justino plans on putting away Jindrova and getting closer to a title shot with the promotion.
“Before, I didn’t know about Lion Fight and a lot of friends from Muay Thai say it’s a big show, a really nice show,” Cyborg told MMA Fight Corner in an interview. “I’m very excited to be in a good show and very excited and maybe I can be champion in Muay Thai in Lion Fight. It’s very exciting for me.”
When the call came from Lion Fight, Cyborg couldn’t refuse the opportunity to test her mettle. Her last bout inside a ring, and not a cage, took place in 2006 at Estimulo de Muay Thai in her hometown of Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. However, Cyborg is undoubtedly one of the heaviest handed women in MMA and her aggressive style guarantees action.
“I like competing a lot. I compete in Brazil in wrestling. I compete jiu jitsu,” Justino said. “I always like compete because I think when I compete, I get more experience and I learn more. My focus is MMA. But I think to do other stuff, wrestling, jiu jitsu, I learn more and I’m more confident in Muay Thai. I’m confident in jiu jitsu and the wrestling.
“I like competing. No, I love competing. I started competing when I was 12-years-old. I play soccer, handball. I played basketball. When I started training Muay Thai at 19-years-old, I always liked competing. For me, it’s a big motivation. It’s exciting for me.”
With an MMA record of 12-1, 1 NC, Justino not only brings a marquee name that is sure to bring more eyes to the event, but also a reputation as one of the most dangerous female strikers in the game. Cris is hoping to make an immediate impact with the promotion and plans to work her way up to a title shot.
“I think nothing’s impossible. When you believe in your dream and believe in God nothing’s impossible.”
Lion Fight 11’s main event features Brazilian superstar Cosmo Alexandre opposite two-time WMC Champion and Rajadamnern Stadium Champion Nampon. In the co-main event, American Muay Thai star Kevin Ross will square off against former WBC Muay Thai Japan Champion Tetsuya Yamato.