Cris "Cyborg" Justino has been lobbying harder than a politician on Super Tuesday to land a spot on the card at UFC 198 in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.
UFC 198 will take place at the Athletico Paranaense soccer stadium, a venue that holds almost 42,000 Brazilian fans and Cyborg is drooling at the chance to fight in front of her home crowd. With good reason too, Justino hasn't fought on her home turf in some time.
"It has been almost 10 years since I last fought in my home country of Brazil."
Now, it looks as if the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion might get her wish. Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight, that "sources" at the UFC are "actively exploring the possibility" of Justino being included in the May 14 event.
Cyborg also wrote on her website:
"This May the UFC will be promoting an event in my hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, a city very rich in fight history. It would be an honor to return back to the city I was born in, and to step inside of the Octagon with an opportunity to prove myself as one of the best female fighters in the sport."
There is one slight problem, while Justino is under contract with Luffa, LLC, which is the umbrella company of the UFC, the UFC doesn't have a featherweight division, which is Cyborg's weight class.
It's long been a myth that Cyborg would get a chance to fight Ronda Rousey, but that fight never materialized due to Rousey's unwillingness to compromise on weight. Rousey is in the minority though, both current bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate and top contender, Holly Holm, have expressed a desire to square off against the Brazilian.
Cyborg is relying on her fans to help convince the UFC to let this happen:
"I know that the UFC does not have my division. Which is why I am asking my fans to help make this fight."
Cyborg is by far one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. She hasn't been beaten in over a decade and have won five straight fights for Invicta. She's also, technically, the only Strikeforce featherweight champion after beating Gina Carano in 2009. Unfortunately, that title was taken away from her after testing positive for steroids. Since then, she's been clean as a whistle.