Throwback | Back during Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino’s Strikeforce run, she also had a run in with a reporter that ended up unconscious on the mat.
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Cristiane Justino Venâncio (formerly Cristiane Santos; born July 9, 1985) commonly referred to by her ring name Cris Cyborg, is a Brazilian and American mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC. She is the current UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion, as well as the former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion and former Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. Cyborg first rose to prominence when she won the Strikeforce title on August 15, 2009, by defeating Gina Carano via first-round TKO. She lives in San Diego where she trains and teaches at The Arena.
She made her anticipated United States MMA debut on July 26, 2008, against Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. She won the fight by TKO in the second round. She faced Yoko Takahashi on October 4, 2008, at EliteXC: Heat. She won the fight by unanimous decision. She was scheduled to face Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen at XMMA 7 on February 27, 2009, but backed out of the fight after signing a new contract with Strikeforce. Cyborg earned a BJJ Purple Belt under her jiu-jitsu instructor Cristiano Marcello in 2009.
She later signed to fight for Strikeforce, which greatly increased the chance that a fight with Gina Carano would take place. In her Strikeforce debut, she faced Hitomi Akano on April 11, 2009, at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz. Cyborg came in six pounds overweight for the fight. Akano originally rejected the fight due to Cyborg failing to make weight but later accepted the fight. She defeated Akano by TKO in the third round. Before the fight with Carano, Cyborg was interviewed by mmaworldwide.com’s reporter Aaron Tru. When asked how long it would take to submit Carano with a choke hold, she choked him. She fought Gina Carano on August 15, 2009, at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg for the Women’s Featherweight Championship. Cyborg won via TKO at 4:59 of the 5:00 first round. The card was the first time that a major promotion had featured a main event between women. After the match, she hugged Carano, and stated in her interview that she had the utmost respect for Carano, and that it was an honor to fight her.
She next defended her title against Dutch standout Marloes Coenen at a Strikeforce event on January 30, 2010. She won the fight via TKO at 3:40 of round 3. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated that the next challenger for Cyborg would most likely be Erin Toughill. However, Toughill later announced her intentions to leave Strikeforce and plans for the fight were cancelled. On April 7, 2010, Coker stated that Cyborg would fight again in June. She faced Jan Finney at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum and won the fight via KO in the second round. Her contract with Strikeforce expired on June 26, 2011. She renewed her Strikeforce contract on August 25, 2011. On September 23, 2011, Cyborg announced that she would return to the promotion to face Hiroko Yamanaka. The fight took place at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on December 17, 2011. She won via TKO just sixteen seconds into the first round; however, on January 6, 2012, it was announced that Cyborg had tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. As a result of the banned substance, the fight’s result was changed to a no contest. Cyborg had her license suspended for one year and was fined $2,500.