Bellator featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino has hit back at Cat Zingano after accusing the champion of possible doping.
Justino is expected to potentially face Zingano in her next appearance in the cage. But Zingano has claimed she has a matchup with another opponent who was set as the No. 1 contender fight in March.
Zingano has accused Justino of dodging drug tests before he could return to the cage later this year. This provoked a rather heated reaction from the featherweight champion.
“Cat Zingano, why are you lying?” said Justino. “I didn’t turn down any drug tests. I’m ready whenever you are. Behind the scenes you keep telling Bellator you need more time to prepare for me, you need another opponent first, now you go on social media with lies and smear campaigns and excuses? Sad.” (h/t BJPenn)
Justino last faced Sinead Kavanagh in November, winning a KO in the first round. There has been speculation that Justino could potentially face Kayla Harrison next, but Harrison’s free hand appears to be in the PFL’s favor and not Bellator’s.
Zingano, a former UFC title challenger, has yet to fight for the belt since joining Bellator. After losing to Megan Anderson in their UFC finals, she has racked up back-to-back wins over Olivia Parker and Gabrielle Holloway.
Justino has a complicated legacy in MMA. She tested positive for steroids early in her career and had her license suspended to compete in California.
It’s unclear if and when Justino and Zingano will settle their beef in the Bellator cage, but it’s sure to be quite the preparation for their fight.
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