Tito Ortiz promised that Cyborg’s future would be revealed this Friday, and it is better late than never. Cyborg has officially been dropped from the UFC, and Invicta FC was there to scoop up the contract. It was announced at a press conference in Huntington Beach, C.A. by Ortiz that the former Strikeforce 145-pound champion is making her way to the all-female fight promotion. She will waste no time either as she is set to make her debut at Invicta 5 on April 5 in Kansas City, M.O.
In her first fight she will face Ediane Gomes, who is 10-2 in her career. Her only losses have come to Amanda Nunes and Cyborg’s nemesis, Ronda Rousey. In fact, Gomes faced Rousey in her first professional fight. It should not be a shock that Cyborg signed with Invicta since they are the only place she could go.
The problems with making the 135-pound bantamweight limit have been well documented for Cyborg, and Invicta FC is one of the only places to still house the 145-pound women’s division unless you go to an Asian fight promotion. There is currently no champion in the featherweight division in Invicta, and this bout was not announced as a title fight. It has also been announced that the winner of the winner of the Cyborg/Gomes bout will face Marloes Coenen at Invicta 6 for the title. If Cyborg can get past Gomes, it will set of a rematch between her and Coenen. The first took place in January, 2010 for the Strikeforce featherweight title.
It will be interesting to see how this fight plays out with Gomes currently riding a four-fight streak, two of which came under the Invicta banner. Cyborg, on the other hand, has not fought in over a year. The last time she entered a cage was in December of 2011, and that is where she was popped for steroids. Now she will make her return this April, and is likely to draw more than a few eyes to the Invicta promotion.