||08-15-2013 08:32 PM
Set to compete in Muay Thai, ‘Cyborg’ could return to Invicta FC at 155 pounds
MMA wrecking machine Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino returns to action on Sept. 20, but it won’t be at Invicta FC.
Cyborg, Invicta FC’s featherweight titleholder, announced after her fourth-round TKO win over Marloes Coenen last July , that she was heading to Thailand for a Muay Thai bout. Her plans changed a bit, and Lion Fight announced on Wednesday that Cyborg will take on kickboxing champion Martina Jindrova on Sept. 20 at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas.
"I was set to fight at Thailand and the event was postponed, but some promoters saw that I wanted that and contacted my managers," Cyborg told MMAFighting.com. "I don’t fight Muay Thai since my early days in Brazil, when I started fighting MMA. But I love to fight and compete everywhere.
"I fought a few times in some small events in Brazil, mostly between Chute Boxe franchises in Curitiba. It usually took me a long time between MMA fights so I wanted to stay active and competing," she added.
Jindrova built a 17-5 record in Muay Thai, winning titles in boxing and kickboxing in her homeland Czech Republic. "Cyborg", considered by many the best female MMA fighter of all times, scored knockouts in 10 of her 12 wins, but Martina’s experience under Muay Thai could put Cristiane as the underdog in a fight for the first time in years.
"She only fights in Muay Thai, so that gives her an advantage," Cristiane said. "I saw some of her fights yesterday. She has a very traditional Muay Thai, so I will have to set up a good game plan to defeat her."
Although she only trained for MMA bouts for at least five years, "Cyborg" has Muay Thai running in her veins.
"Training for MMA is completely different, but I never stopped training Muay Thai," she said. "I don’t care about who’s the favorite. I never give up. I love to get my face punched, and I love to punch faces too. I was born in Muay Thai, this is what I do."
Excited to compete in Muay Thai, the 28-year old