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Cris "Cyborg" Justino is considered one of the pioneers for women's MMA. She's been fighting for nearly 11 years, and has gone undefeated for most of that time, but because she was never in the UFC, she was unable to be properly ranked among the best fighters in the world.

Until now.

Cyborg has been placed on the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, coming in at number 15 in the world.

Due to the lack of a women's featherweight division, Cyborg had to sit on the sidelines of UFC history while Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate had all the attention.

Meanwhile, Cyborg is destroying women left and right in promotions like Invicta (where she is featherweight champion) and the now defunct Strikeforce.

Following her second UFC win and her first UFC main event, Cyborg has finally gained a spot on the UFC pound-for-pound rankings. She is one of only two women on the list where she is joined by strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done for Cyborg to get the full recognition she has worked so long for, and the UFC finds itself under pressure to create a women's featherweight division.

Cyborg took home her second UFC win on Saturday when she defeated Lina Lansberg via second round TKO.


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