News this afternoon from USAToday that everyone’s favorite convicted steroid cheat Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino will take her first steps in professional Muay Thai in September opposite Czech titleholder Martina Jindrova.
Justino, whose last name formerly was Santos, has signed on to face renowned kickboxing champion Martina Jindrova at Lion Fight 11 on Sept. 20 in a fight that will air on AXS TV. Justino did some Muay Thai work in her native Brazil years ago, but this will be her first elite-level experience in the sport.
“Obviously, I like to compete,” Justino told USA TODAY Sports by phone Tuesday. “In Brazil, I competed in Muay Thai. It’s good experience for my game and a good opportunity for me. I like to always keep training in jiu-jitsu and standup, and now Muay Thai. This will be a good experience.
It comes as some surprise to me that for Cyborg’s considerable striking skills, she hadn’t yet actually cut her chops in competitive Muay Thai but this booking should be interesting opportunity to see perhaps the best striker in women’s MMA compete against a legitimate Muay Thai queen.
Jindrova, according to USAToday, boasts a record of 17-5 with 3 knockouts in Muay Thai, including this beautiful spinning elbow KO last year in Thailand.
This fight will hopefully give Invicta some time to figure out who next to face their new featherweight champion without shelving the gal, who’s fought twice in the last four months after a year and a half out for her positive drug test after destroying Hiroko Yamanaka in late 2011. Their seventh show is as-yet unannounced.