Former Strikeforce women’s champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino received interesting news while she was in attendance at the recently-completed Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman event. It turns out, due to her suspension by the California Athletic Commission, Justino was not allowed to be at the show.
“My managed talked to the guys at the commission and there’s really a law that says that (a fighter suspended can’t be at the show),” Justino told Tatame.com recently. “I was upset for the way they treated me. They could’ve pulled me on a corner and told me, not in front of the fans. I was taking pictures and they interrupted me, saying I had to go. It was very disrespectful.”
Justino, who was suspended last December for a failed post-fight drug test, was removed right before the Ronda Rousey-Sarah Kaufman title fight. She remained in the arena to watch the show on a television monitor.
“I thought she did a great job fighting,” Justino said of Rousey’s performance. “She’s a great athlete on her division. This is my last interview on which I’m talking about her. I’m making (it) clear to the fans who want to see this fight that if it’s up to me and her it will never happen because I’m not dropping to her weight class and she can’t gain (a) few pounds to fight me.”
Justino will be able to seek her fight license again this December. She has already mentioned leaving Zuffa and possibly fighting for Invicta FC in the near future.
A poster on the MMA forum The Underground, Evan Shoman, made a post that seems to differ from what Justino had to say in regards to the issue. Below is what he says happened:
“She was comped tickets in the stands but not on the floor. She was given floor seat (ticket) by (a member of The Underground) at the time who had extra,” Shoman wrote. “While taking pics with fans a ZUFFA employee asked her to go to her original seats because where she was sitting was within a certain amount away from the cage that she was prohibited from being in. She was NOT removed by CSAC. She was removed by ZUFFA. This was ZUFFA covering their (expletive) like they should have done.”