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Cris Cyborg responds to Marina Shafir’s comments: ‘She needs to start winning’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Is Marina Shafir the one to beat Cris Cyborg?

Right after signing with Invicta FC, Shafir told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that she still has to "earn" the right to fight the Invicta FC featherweight champion, but will "eventually" beat her.

Cyborg laughed at those comments.

"I think she wants attention," Cyborg told "I’m the featherweight champion and we will absolutely meet, but first she needs to start winning and get on the line, because she only has two fights and got knocked out by Amanda Bell in 30 seconds in her last fight."

A longtime friend and training partner of UFC champion Ronda Rousey, Shafir was impressive as an amateur fighter going 5-0 with five first-round submissions. For her professional debut, Shafir tapped Chandra Engel with a quick armbar. In her next fight, though, she ended up finished by Bell in 37 seconds.

Asked if anything on Shafir’s game stands out about her, Cyborg again poked the new Invicta FC signee.

"Her tongue," Cyborg said. "She talks too much."

Undefeated Bethe Correia earned a shot at Rousey after defeating two of "Rowdy’s" training partners in Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke, but Cyborg -- who campaigned for a 140-pound catchweight clash with the UFC bantamweight star -- won’t use Shafir as a way to piss off Rousey.

"Trash talk is not my thing," Cyborg said. "I believe I have other weapons to make a fight get booked."

"I’m working hard with my nutritionist George Lockhart on this project," she added of cutting down to 135 pounds one day, "but right now I’m focused on defending my title on July 10."

Cyborg will put the Invicta FC 145-pound title on the line on July 10 in Las Vegas, but has yet to know her opponent.

"I have no idea yet," she said. "I’m training and waiting for Invicta FC to tell me who I’m fighting, and then I will be ready."

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