Cris Cyborg set to make UFC Debut at UFC 198 vs. Leslie Smith

Long-time rival of former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino has signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is set to make her octagon debut at UFC 198 vs. Leslie Smith. hi-res-f7f890d6440752483a32d0048ffa06a7_crop_north UFC Officials announced the bout today. 'Cyborg' (15-1, 1NC MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been linked with the UFC for years now, most recently because of her feud with former bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. Justino and Rousey haven't ended up fighting yet because a weight cannot be agreed, but it is closer to happening than ever before as Cyborg and Rousey are now in the same organisation. Justino hasn't lost a bout since her first pro bout where she was submitted. Since then, the Brazilian has won 15-fights and and been involved in a no contest which she originally won, but had the result overturned after she failed a drug test. Cyborg went 2-0 in 2015 with a :46 second TKO and a :45 second TKO. The Invicta FC Featherweight Champion is 1-0 in 2016 so far, after stopping Daria Ibragimova in the first round at Invicta FC 15. Smith (8-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is 2-2 during her tenure in the UFC. "The Peacemaker" lost a decision to Sarah Kaufman in her UFC debut before stopping Jessamyn Duke in her second bout. Third time out Smith fought Jessica 'Evil' Eye and eventually lost the fight after the doctor decided to call a stop to the action after Smith's ear, well, popped. Smith was out for the whole of 2015 following the loss to Eye before returning to UFC Brisbane and defeating Rin Nakai via decision. UFC 198 takes place live from the Arena de Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14, and will be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between reigning champion Fabricio Werdum and #2 ranked Stipe Miocic. Also on the card, Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza fights Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva fights Uriah Hall.

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