The Invicta FC featherweight championship will be on the line in the coming months.
Invicta FC promoter Shannon Knapp told MMAFighting.com on Thursday that Cris Cyborg would face Ediane Gomes on the next card, but they didn’t know yet if it would be at 135 or 145 pounds. But it turns out that both Cyborg and Gomes want to fight at featherweight, as they told MMAFighitng.com on Friday.
"A title defense can only be at 145," Cyborg said. "For my next fight (after Gomes), we’re working on my debut at 135 pounds."
"I want to cut down to 135 in the future," Gomes said, "but we’re fighting at 145 pound for the title."
Cyborg and Gomes were scheduled to fight for the first time at Invicta FC 5, on April of 2013, but "India" was forced out of the match-up with an injury. Fiona Muxlow replaced the Brazilian against Cyborg, but it lasted less than a round.
Cyborg returned at Invicta FC 6, scoring a fourth-round TKO win to claim the inaugural title against Marloes Coenen. Gomes was also scheduled to compete at the card, but it never materialized after Julia Budd, Tamikka Brents and Charmaine Tweet left the card with injuries and visa issues.
"I’ve been waiting for this fight for a long time. It’s going to be a war," Gomes said. "I will do my best in there to win the title. She’s a top fighter, a great athlete, but we’re going to break each other in there."
Invicta FC has yet to announce the date and location for its eight edition, but it’s already official that the show will air live on UFC Fight Pass.
"I was really happy with the news," Gomes said. "A lot of fans didn’t want to see women’s MMA, but now they will see that it’s a product worth watching. They’ll be surprised."