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Brazilian native Cris 'Cyborg' Justino has passed her United States citizenship test just ahead of her first ever headlining fight on the UFC stage.

Cyborg, who was raised in Curitiba, Brazil confirmed the results on her Instagram.

"8 years ago I got on a plane from Brazil to fight for the first time in the USA. A few years later I won my First World Title which gave me an opportunity to apply for an extraordinary athlete green card in the USA. Working with one of the top immigration lawyers, Richard Wilner today I was able to take my USA citizenship exam, passing with a 100%!!

It is a great honor to have completed the process of legal immigration, and I want to be an example for all Americans that there are immigrants in your country who are honored and proud to have the opportunity to work hard and give back to the communities in which we live while being able to provide a life of better opportunities for our families."

She also posted a photo of herself and boyfriend, Ray Elbe. She is seen holding her test booklet.

Cyborg has been living in the United States for years, and just purchased a home in Orange County this year.

She made her UFC debut at UFC 198 in her hometown of Curitiba in May, where she dominated Leslie Smith into a first round TKO.

She will be making her first appearance in a UFC main event when she faces newcomer Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night Brasilia, Brazil.

She is the current Invicta FC featherweight champion. She has been undefeated for more than 10 years.


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