Cristiane Justino Venâncio (formerly Cristiane Santos; born July 9, 1985) commonly referred to by her ring name Cris Cyborg, is a Brazilian and American mixed Martial Artist, currently signed with the UFC. She is the current UFC Featherweight Champion , as well as the former Strikeforce women’s Featherweight Champion and former Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. Cyborg is interested in no. 1 contender in her division.
“As a World Champion it is important that you face the #1 contender,”“That is what makes it sport and not entertainment, otherwise what are the girls fighting at 145lbs training to work towards if they know they will never be given a title shot even if they become the best in the world?”
“I have a responsibility to the sport to ensure that when I retire the 145lbs division continues to exist, and it is because of that I want my next fight to be against a contender from the featherweight division that has fought at 145lbs within the last year.”
“If Megan Anderson is not ready to fight, then the next available contender Pam Sorenson deserves the opportunity,” she continued. “I can continue giving fans superfights, however in order for this division to grow it is my responsibility to respect the work of all the women fighting at 145lbs and give the top girls a chance at the title once they have earned it.”
“If Amanda Nunes truly wants an opportunity at the 145lbs belt, a win against any ranked contender in that division would help establish her back in a weight class she left before fighting me.”