A featherweight title fight between Cris "Cyborg" Justino and UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie is reportedly in the works for #UFC214 according to multiple sources who spoke with Champions exclusively.
Sources close to #CrisCyborg say that the Brazilian has already signed the bout agreement and the contract is now awaiting de Randamie's signature. Champions reached out to de Randamie's camp, but have not received a response.
Justino, who was recently cleared by USADA, tweeted to her fans late Monday night teasing what will be her first title attempt in the UFC. She also hinted that former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones might be making his return to the Octagon the same night.
Cyborg deleted the initial post but later reposted it. Although there still is no word from de Randamie's camp, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani also suggested that the women's featherweight title fight was in the works for UFC 214.
From what has been gathered, it appears that the ball is in de Randamie's court to secure the fight.
#GermaineDeRandamie won the belt at UFC 208 when she faced former bantamweight champion Holly Holm for the inaugural women's featherweight division bout. Justino was initially offered the fight, but had to decline due to still being under the care of a doctor following two tough back-to-back weight cuts.
Justino has not lost a bout in over ten years, including two UFC fights at a catchweight of 140 pounds. De Randamie has gone 4-1 in her five UFC showings, losing just once to #AmandaNunes, who currently holds the bantamweight title.
Controversy surrounded de Randamie's fight with #HollyHolm after she was criticized for fighting dirty, a claim she vehemently denies. She seemed to be campaigning for a rematch with Holm, but it proved unsuccessful.
Justino, who is Brazilian born, considers Orange County to be her second home, as it is where she resides full time. UFC 214 is set for Anaheim, CA, which she considers to be her "backyard."
This news arrives just days after Justino asked to be released from her contract if a bout was not booked.
Additional reporting by Jim Edwards