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When Cris "Cyborg" Justino was cleared by USADA of her anti-doping issues, everyone had hoped a fight between her and the UFC women's featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie, would be scheduled. After all, it was Cyborg that had campaigned for the division to be built in the first place. But de Randamie doesn't seem all the eager to face off with the powerhouse ... and who could blame her?

Now that Cris has recovered from two severe weight cuts, she says she it ready to return to the Octagon — with or without Germaine.

Germaine has been insistent on a rematch with former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm, after defeating her to become the first women's featherweight champion amid controversy and accusations of an unfair fight. She has also said that if she is not going to rematch Holly, she will be taking time off to have surgery.

“What I heard in her speech after her fight, she already pre-meditated everything that happened in that,” said Jason Parillo, Cyborg's head coach, on FanSided’s Extra Rounds Podcast. “As soon as Cris Cyborg’s name came up, she went straight to hand surgery. I don’t blame her. I’ll be honest with you; I don’t blame her. I don’t blame any girl for not wanting to fight Cris Cyborg.”

Cyborg had been offered the title shot initially, but due to medical issues has to turn down the fight. She was later flagged by USADA due to a medication she was prescribed to recover from two back to back tough weight cuts. She was cleared of any wrongdoing earlier this year.

But with Cris finally recovered and cleared to return to Octagon, she, and her coach, don't want to be waiting around for the champion.

"We can’t sit on the shelf and wait," Parillo said. "It doesn’t do us no good to sit back. Who knows how long we’d have to wait on that too."

Cris has not fought since Septemeber when she defeated Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95 via a second round TKO.


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