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The Wiseman Report – What’s next for Cyborg?

It took a little longer this time, but at UFC Brasilia, Lina Lansberg wilted under another impressive array of offence from Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

Referee Mario Yamasaki called the bout 2:27 into the second round.

Lansberg’s offence was reduced to primarily clinching Justino.

According to UFC.com, Justino connected on 84 of 127 strikes for a 67 percent rate, while Lansberg landed 14 of 23 for 61 percent.

In the post-fight press conference, “Cyborg” said she wanted to put on great fights, but with a severe shortage of quality fighters at her weight of 145, her options seem limited.

Will the best bantamweight fighters finally move up to challenge her or will “Cyborg” finally move down to 135 to challenge them? Or continue these catchweight fights, preferably with  top-10 opponents.

Justino’s position has always been to defend her 145 Invicta FC belt. There’s no question the UFC needs to build a 145 division for her, instead of overpaying unqualified fighters like CM Punk.

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We’ll see.

Lansberg said afterwards she enjoyed herself, despite getting brutalized, but was obviously disappointed with her performance. Give “The Elbow Princess” credit for getting into the cage, but to be frank, there wasn’t much to say beyond that.

Don’t forget.

And at Invicta FC 19, we saw Jennifer Maia takes the undisputed flyweight belt with a split-decision win over Roxanne Modafferi in a great main event.

We probably saw the best Modafferi yet, as she used strikes, takedowns to try and wear out Maia.

But she lost most of the exchanges, absorbing a lot of significant strikes.

One has to wake up pretty early in the morning to outsmart Ayaka Yamasaki. She was almost finished late in the first round by challenger Jinh Yu Frey and then came back in the second round to wobble and cut Frey, which forced a doctor’s stoppage.

Hamasaki got the unsatisfactory victory and retained the belt with the stoppage, but she displayed her craftiness several times throughout the fight.

Overall, it was another great card from Invicta. I still remember when they started in 2012. They’ve quickly grown to be the best WMMA organization in the world in my opinion. Keep it going.

Some fights were announced for New York’s UFC 205 during the week.

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UFC 205

Courtesy UFC/Zuffa LLC.

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Especially good to the “The Girl-Rilla” Liz Carmouche back. It’s been awhile.

Don’t forget.

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Sunna Davidsdottir – @Sunnatsunami

See you next week!

@CasMMA365

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