UFC 198 to Feature Octagon Debut of Cris “Cyborg”
By FCF Staff
After years of speculation as to if and when Cris “Cyborg” Justino would ever competed for the UFC, the Invicta FC champ has been booked for UFC 198.
The promotion has announced that Justino will take on Leslie Smith at the May 14th card, which will take place in Curitiba, Brazil. The bout will be contested at 140 pounds.
For months, there was talk about the possibility of Justino moving to the UFC at bantamweight, and facing Ronda Rousey. The latter was knocked out by Holly Holm last November, however, and Justino has also abandoned plans to cut down to 135.
“Cyborg” (15-1) defended Invicta’s 145 title in January by knocking out Daria Ibragimova in the opening round. Smith (8-6-1), meanwhile, is coming off a decision win over bantamweight Rin Nakai at UFC FN 85 earlier this month.
UFC 198 will be headlined by a heavyweight fight between champion Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.