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Cris Cyborg welcomes more catchweights, but only against top-10 bantamweights

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BRASILIA, Brazil -- Cris Cyborg demolished Lina Lansberg at Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 95 at the Nilson Nelson gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil, and her future is still up in the air.

Before her second catchweight bout in the UFC, Cyborg said she wouldn’t take any more 140-pound fights. However, moments after the second-round TKO victory, the Brazilian opened the door for another catchweight bout. She said it would have to be a top-ranked bantamweight foe, though.

"I never choose opponents," Cyborg said at the post-fight press conference in Brasilia. "I always train and wait for them to choose for me. To fight against a top 10, I won’t cut down to 135 and they won’t want to fight at 145, so I will cry to make 140 and they will eat some pizza to make 140 and we put on a fight for the fans. Who knows, maybe we’ll do the fight that everybody wants with Ronda (Rousey)."

Cyborg, a former Strikeforce featherweight champion and current Invicta FC featherweight titleholder, once again ruled out cutting down to 135 pounds for a chance at the UFC bantamweight gold.

"I’m really happy with the result," Cyborg said of the win over Lansberg. "I had a hard time losing weight during my camp. It was hard, but everything went right. I don’t rule out fighting in catchweights. I have two belts at home and I don’t aim to win another one. I want super fights to make history. But I’m thinking about my vacation now."

In fact, the Brazilian featherweight said that she would only feel comfortable competing a division or two above.

"It was cool to show a bit more about my weight cut," Cyborg said of her documentary, which was released this week. "Fans only see the fighter inside the Octagon, they don’t see the training, the weight cut. My team is always get my health checked after my fights to see if everything it alright. To be easy for me, I have to fight at 155 or 165 pounds, but every fight is a challenge, and it’s working."

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