Cris Cyborg expects Invicta FC return in January

Esther Lin, Invicta FC

Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino captured the Invicta FC featherweight title in a four-round domination over Marloes Coenen last July, and she’s looking to return to the cage in January 2014. The opponent and the weight class are yet to be determined.

"This is the last fight in my contract with Invicta FC, and they asked me if I can fight in January," Justino told "I don’t know who I’m fighting next, but I’m fighting in January.

"They asked me if I would accept a fight at 155 pounds, and I said I would. I just want to fight. At 145 or 155, I’ll fight whoever they give me. But I don’t know if I’ll defend the title in my next fight."

Invicta FC has never done a lightweight bout in their previous six events, and the seventh show, planned for Dec. 7, includes only one featherweight clash -- and again, zero lightweight contests.

Featherweights Julia Budd and Charmaine Tweet are both coming off three stoppage victories, but "Cyborg" believes it’s unlikely that she puts her title on the line against the winner of that bout.

"I don’t think I’ll fight the winner of this bout because they’re fighting in December, so I don’t believe the winner would be ready to fight me in January," she said. "Who knows? It might happen, but I think it’s unlikely."

Justino’s three-fight deal with Invicta FC ends in her next bout, and she’s willing to sign a new deal with the promotion.

"This is the last fight of my contract, but I’m really happy at Invicta FC, and I believe I’ll sign a new deal," she said. "I like them, and there’s simply no other place to go. UFC has women’s division, but they don’t have my weight class. I believe I’ll sign a new deal with Invicta FC after this fight."

Signing a new contract with Invicta FC doesn’t mean "Cyborg" forgot the idea of fighting UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, though.

"I really wanted to fight Ronda Rousey in a catchweight bout, but UFC doesn’t want to do this fight," she said. "It wouldn’t be interesting to them because I would go there, beat the crap out of her and return to Invicta. It would be bad for the UFC and they know that, and that’s why they don’t want this fight."

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