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'Cyborg' Justino guns for elusive UFC title, MMA superstardom

LA MIRADA, Calif. — Most mixed martial artists put only a token effort into their public workouts during the week before a big fight. Their actual training is long completed, and they simply throw a few flashy punches before signing a few autographs.

When Cris Justino showed up to one of the UFC’s suburban Los Angeles gyms on Thursday (Friday Manila time), she was ready to perform.

Cris 'Cyborg' Justino | AP File Photo
The fighter known to all as "Cyborg" stepped into the cage and put on a capoeira-inspired routine for hundreds of adoring fans, showing off the graceful, dance-like Brazilian martial art with a training partner.

"I like the energy, and I have friends who do capoeira," she said with a smile. "I still have a lot of fans in Brazil, so I try to take a little bit from Brazil — the capoeira, the samba — to show it to the fans in America."

After years of giving these extra efforts and hurdling innumerable obstacles, Justino’s winding journey to UFC stardom seems to be almost complete.

With a victory over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in Anaheim on Saturday night, the featherweight widely considered to be the most dangerous pound-for-pound fighter in women’s MMA finally would wear a UFC championship belt from a weight class essentially created by the promotion to showcase her talent.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/07/28/1722370/cyborg-justino-guns-elusive-ufc-title-mma-superstardom

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