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Cyborg to make UFC debut in catchweight bout at UFC 198

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The long awaited arrival of Invicta FC’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino has finally come.

The UFC broke news today that Cyborg will fight in a 140-pound catchweight bout against Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on May 14  at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

UFC 198 - Cyborg vs Leslie Smith

Cyborg (15-1, 1NC) has not lost a professional mixed martial arts bout in more than 10 years.  Since arriving at Invicta FC in April 2013, Justino has rattled off five consecutive wins.

Smith (8-6-1) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Rin Nakai at UFC Fight Night 85 on March 19.

According to MMAJunkie the most recent UFC 198 card includes:

  • Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title
  • Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva
  • Corey Anderson vs. Mauricio Rua
  • Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
  • Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
  • Rob Font vs. John Lineker
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Leslie Smith

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