Cris Cyborg isn’t sure moving down to 135 pounds is a good idea. Her manager Tito Ortiz isn’t sure about it either. But weight-cut expert Mike Dolce … he sounds pretty damn sure:
“She’ll be 135 pounds, it will be the healthiest she’s been her entire career, and it will be the best performance of her entire career or I would not have taken the job,” explained Dolce in an interview with MMAWeekly. “I can’t risk having an athlete underperform as a result of a weight cut. I would never jeopardize an athlete’s health. A lot of athletes come to me and they want me to help them drop a weight class or two, and I’ve turned a lot of huge names down because it’s just not safe, it’s not healthy.”
“At 135 pounds, Cris Cyborg will be the best of her career. She will be the greatest female fighter in the world. She will achieve legendary status at 135 pounds,” he continued. “At 145, she’s too heavy, she’s slower at 145. She’ll be faster at 135, she’ll be more reactive, more flexible, more mobile, and she’ll be stronger. She’ll produce more force per pound of her body weight than she can at 145; I guarantee it.”
Still unconfirmed: if Mike has even met Cris yet and given her muscle a couple of pokes. But damn if he doesn’t sound sure he can make this happen without any problems for Cris. And really … if 135 is feasable, then that’s where she wants to go. It’s the only moneyweight division in WMMA now. Honestly, Cyborg should feel lucky that she even got a run at 145 pounds – it was a largely imaginary division that existed mainly due to Gina Carano’s large breasts and Gary Shaw’s desire to build his women’s division around her.