Cristiane Justino

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Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino
Cristiane Santos.jpg
Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino in 2009.
Born Cristiane Justino Venancio
(1985-07-09) July 9, 1985 (age 29)
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Other names Cyborg, Cristiane Santos
Residence San Diego, California, United States
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 144.5 lb (65.5 kg; 10.32 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 69 in (180 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of San Diego, California, United States[1]
Team Chute Boxe Academy
The Arena MMA
Atos Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Trainer Rudimar Fedrigo
Rank Black belt in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Galvão
Years active 2005 – present
Kickboxing record
Total 3
Wins 2
By knockout 2
Losses 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 12
By knockout 10
By decision 2
Losses 1
By submission 1
No contests 1
Other information
Website http://www.CrisCyborg.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 27, 2014
Cristiane Justino
Medal record
Competitor for  Brazil
Women's Submission grappling
IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold 2012 Long Beach 74+ kg (Purple)
Gold 2011 Long Beach 74+ kg (Purple)
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Bronze 2009 Barcelona 60+ kg

Cristiane Justino Venancio (formerly as Cristiane Santos) (born July 9, 1985) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and the former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion and the current Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. Justino won the Strikeforce title on August 15, 2009, by defeating Gina Carano via first-round TKO.[2][3][4] She lives in San Diego where she trains and teaches at The Arena.

Early life[edit]

Cristiane was a national-level team handball player in Brazil before being discovered by Rudimar Fedrigo, a Chute Boxe Academy trainer.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

She made her anticipated United States MMA debut on July 26, 2008 against Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business.[6] She won the fight by TKO in the second round.[7]

She faced Yoko Takahashi on October 4, 2008 at EliteXC: Heat. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[8]

Justino was scheduled to face Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen at XMMA 7 on February 27, 2009, but backed out of the fight after signing a new contract with Strikeforce.[9] Justino earned a BJJ Purple Belt under her jiu-jitsu instructor Cristiano Marcello in 2009.[10]

Strikeforce[edit]

She later signed to fight for Strikeforce,[9] which greatly increased the chance that a fight with Gina Carano would take place. In her Strikeforce debut, Justino faced Hitomi Akano on April 11, 2009 at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz. Justino came in six pounds overweight for the fight. Akano originally rejected the fight due to Justino failing to make weight but later accepted the fight.[11] Justino defeated Akano by TKO in the third round.[12]

Before the fight with Carano, Justino was interviewed by mmaworldwide.com's reporter Aaron Tru. When asked how long it would take to submit Carano with a choke hold, Justino choked the interviewer out cold, in a matter of seconds.[13]

Justino fought Gina Carano on August 15, 2009 at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg for the Women's Featherweight Championship. Justino won via TKO at 4:59 of the 5:00 first round.[14] The card was the first time that a major promotion had featured a main event between women. After the match, Justino hugged Carano, and stated in her interview that she had the utmost respect for Carano, and that it was an honor to fight her.

Justino next defended her title against Dutch standout Marloes Coenen at a Strikeforce event on January 30, 2010.[15] Justino won the fight via TKO at 3:40 of round 3.[16]

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated that the next challenger for Justino would most likely be Erin Toughill.[17] However, Toughill later announced her intentions to leave Strikeforce and plans for the fight with Justino were cancelled.[18]

On April 7, 2010, Coker stated that Justino would fight again in June.[19] She faced Jan Finney at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum[20] and won the fight via KO in the second round.[21] Justino's contract with Strikeforce expired on June 26, 2011. She renewed her Strikeforce contract on August 25, 2011.

Banned substance use[edit]

On September 23, 2011, Strikeforce announced that Justino would return to the promotion to face Hiroko Yamanaka. The fight took place at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on December 17, 2011.[22] Justino won via TKO just sixteen seconds into the first round; however, on January 6, 2012, it was announced that Justino had tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. As a result of the banned substance, the fight's result was changed to a no decision. Justino had her license suspended for one year and was fined $2,500.[23]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

On February 15, 2013, Justino signed a multi-fight deal with Invicta Fighting Championships. She was scheduled to make her debut on April 5 at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson against Ediane Gomes to determine who would move on to face Marloes Coenen.[24] However, Gomes suffered an injury and Justino instead faced Fiona Muxlow.[25][26] Justino was successful in her return, winning the bout via TKO in the first round.[27][28]

Justino faced Marloes Coenen in a rematch for the inaugural Invicta FC Featherweight Championship at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013.[29][30] She defeated Coenen by TKO in the fourth round to become the first Invicta FC featherweight champion.[31][32]

She returned to Muay Thai to face Jennifer Colomb at Lion Fight 11 in Las Vegas on September 20, 2013, defeating the previously undefeated Frenchwoman by TKO in round two.[33][34][35] She had initially been set to fight Martina Jindrova but Jindrova withdrew with injury.[36][37]

She lost a five-round unanimous decision against Jorina Baars in a fight for the inaugural Lion Fight Women's Welterweight Championship in the co-main event of Lion Fight 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on March 28, 2014.[38][39][40] Baars officially knocked down Justino in the first round with a head kick and in the fifth round with a spinning heel kick, although referee Tony Weeks missed at least two other occasions throughout the fight where a knockdown could have been issued. Justino hit the canvas from a front kick in one occasion and from a knee on another, both times they were ruled slips by the referee.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Justino was married to MMA fighter Evangelista Santos,[6] but the couple split in December 2011.[42]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–1 (1) Marloes Coenen TKO (punches & elbows) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013 3 4:02 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Won inaugural Invicta FC Featherweight Championship.
Win 11–1 (1) Fiona Muxlow TKO (knees & punches) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 1 3:46 Kansas City, Missouri, United States First bout for Justino since suspension

Invicta FC Featherweight Championship title eliminator.

NC 10–1 (1) Hiroko Yamanaka No Contest (overturned win) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal December 17, 2011 1 0:16 San Diego, California, United States Defence of Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship

Originally a win via TKO; result overturned by CSAC and stripped of the title after testing positive for stanozolol.

Win 10–1 Jan Finney KO (knee to the body) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum June 26, 2010 2 2:56 San Jose, California, United States Defended Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship
Win 9–1 Marloes Coenen TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Miami January 30, 2010 3 3:40 Sunrise, Florida, United States Defended Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship
Win 8–1 Gina Carano TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg August 15, 2009 1 4:59 San Jose, California, United States Won inaugural Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Championship
Win 7–1 Hitomi Akano TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz April 11, 2009 3 0:35 San Jose, California, United States Catchweight bout; Justino weighed in six pounds overweight.
Win 6–1 Yoko Takahashi Decision (unanimous) EliteXC: Heat October 4, 2008 3 3:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 5–1 Shayna Baszler TKO (punches) EliteXC: Unfinished Business July 26, 2008 2 2:48 Stockton, California, United States
Win 4–1 Marise Vitoria TKO (stomps) Storm Samurai 12 November 25, 2006 1 1:27 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 3–1 Elaine Santiago TKO (corner stoppage) Storm Samurai 11 May 21, 2006 1 2:46 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 2–1 Chris Schroeder TKO (punches) Storm Samurai 10 January 28, 2006 1 N/A Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 1–1 Vanessa Porto Decision (unanimous) Storm Samurai 9 November 20, 2005 3 5:00 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Loss 0–1 Erica Paes Submission (kneebar) Show Fight 2 May 17, 2005 1 1:46 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Notes
Win Finland Venla Luukkonen Points (11 x 0) 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships June 1, 2012 Female Purple Belt Final
Win United States Hillary VanOrnum Points (4 x 0) 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships June 1, 2012 Female Purple Belt Semifinal
Win United States Maia Matalon Submission (armbar) 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships June 1, 2012 Female Purple Belt Quarterfinal
Win United States Amanda Lucas Points (8 x 0) 2011 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships June 3, 2011 Female Purple Belt Final
Win Canada Sarah Draht Points (16 x 0) 2011 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships June 3, 2011 Female Purple Belt Semifinal
Win Brazil Rosangela Conceicao Decision 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships September 27, 2009 Women +60 kg Bronze
Loss South Africa Penny Thomas Points (-2 x -1) 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships September 27, 2009 Women +60 kg Semifinal
Win Sweden Ida Hansson Points (10 x 0) 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships September 26, 2009 Women +60 kg Quarterfinal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  30. ^ "Carla Esparza to Defend Belt at Invicta FC 6 in July; Bec Hyatt Also Returns". MMAWeekly.com. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
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  39. ^ Lion Fight 14 Live Results
  40. ^ Lion Fight 14 Results and Recap
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  43. ^ Mitchell, Rew (2014-01-09). "WMMA 2013 Awards". Awakening Fighters. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 

External links[edit]

New championship 1st and final Strikeforce Women's Lightweight/Middleweight/Featherweight Champion
August 15, 2009 - January 6, 2012
Vacant
Justino stripped of title after testing positive for Steroids
New championship 1st Invicta FC Featherweight Champion
July 13, 2013 - present
Incumbent