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Cris Cyborg gives up on the idea of fighting at bantamweight

Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Cris Cyborg will not cut down to 135 pounds after all.

Two and a half months after announcing her decision to drop to the bantamweight division for a bout at Invicta FC 10, the first and only Strikeforce and Invicta FC featherweight champion confirmed she won’t try cutting the extra 10 pounds anymore.

"I can’t. From now on, I will only fight at my weight or in a catchweight," Cyborg told Tatame on Monday. "I haven’t fought in a long time and that’s why I want to go back to my division."

Speaking to on Dec. 3, the Brazilian brawler said she had postponed the drop to bantamweight, but turns out that the lack of commitment from both UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the UFC president Dana White on making the anticipated super fight forced Cyborg to change her mind.

"I realized I’m the only one making an effort for this fight to happen," she said. "I believe both should make an effort."

Cyborg, who attended Saturday’s UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix, expects to put her Invicta FC 145-pound title on the line in February.

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