Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s Octagon debut will come this year, just not against long-time rival Ronda Rousey.
Instead, the reigning Invicta FC featherweight champion gets Leslie Smith at UFC 198 this May. The event takes place inside a soccer stadium in Brazil, as Stipe Miocic challenges Fabricio Werdum for the heavyweight belt.
Justino (15-1) recently made a strong plea to the UFC to be included on the card from her native country. The former Strikeforce champion was close to a deal with the promotion before talks broke off and she signed with Invicta FC instead.
Smith (8-6-1) improved her Octagon mark to 2-2 with a recent win over Rin Nakai.
Below is the current lineup:
UFC Heavyweight Championship
Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Stipe Miocic
Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
Middleweight: Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall
Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown
Light Heavyweight: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Corey Anderson
Catchweight: Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs. Leslie Smith
Middleweight: Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago Santos
Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Evan Dunham
Welterweight: Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Light Heavyweight: Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Lightweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Yancy Medeiros
Welterweight: Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
Featherweight: Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Bantamweight: Rob Font vs. John Lineker