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Cyborg Watch 2016: 24 Hours and Ten Pounds Left

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I think it’s safe to say Cyborg won’t be using birth control her next fight camp. Or agreeing to another 140-pound catchweight.

With less than 24 hours left till the official weigh in for her main event bout against Lina Lansberg, Cris Cyborg still has 10 pounds to shed before stepping on the scale Friday morning.

According to Ariel Helwani’s twitter account, Cyborg weighed in at 150-pounds Thursday morning.

To make matters a smidge worse, the normal one pound allowance for official weigh ins does not apply to the 140-pound catchweight bout. 141-pounds is no longer a silver lining for the Invicta 145-pound champion who started off the week at 165-pounds, meaning she dropped 15 -pounds in the last three days.

Although Cyborg is recognized as one of, if not the most dominate female in MMA, UFC President Dana White has made it very public that there is no plan to add a 145-female division. Not adding an entire division is one thing, but why can’t there be a 145-pound bout anyways?

At UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs Thompson in Ottawa, CA in June, we saw UFC strawweights Valerie Letourneau and Joanne Calderwood make history as the first female 125-pound bout in UFC history. The female flyweight division has been rumored to be added next in the UFC, but no official rankings or division have been formed.

The promotion has been leading the way in 2016 to make the sport cleaner and safer, especially when it comes to weight cutting.

This brings the question on everyone’s minds to a head. With Lansberg also being a 145-pounder, why couldn’t this have been the first 145-pound fight for the UFC?

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Kristine is a Managing Editor for as well as UFC/MMA Lead Writer. She also hosts a column known as Fighting Words.
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