Invicta FC’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg will officially make her UFC debut at UFC 198 against Leslie Smith. UFC.com broke the news. The bout will be contested at a catchweight limit of 140lbs.
UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic will be held on May 14, 2016 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Cyborg (16-1-1 MMA) is the current Invicta featherweight champion however it is widely known that the UFC’s parent company ZUFFA are paying the Brazilians contract. The former Strikeforce bantamweight champion has looked unstoppable in her Invicta run, earning five TKO/KO finishes in her five appearances under the promotion. Her most recent title defence came against Daria Ibragimova at Invicta FC 15, earning a vicious KO win with just two seconds left in the first round.
Leslie Smith (8-6-1 MMA) a former Invicta FC standout is coming off a unanimous decision win against Rin Nakai at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane earlier this month.
With this fight announcement, UFC 198 now looks like this.
Fabrício Werdum (c) vs. Stipe Miocic
Ronaldo Souza vs. Vitor Belfort
Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall
Maurício Rua vs. Corey Anderson
Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown
Patrick Cummins vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Yancy Medeiros
Thiago Santos vs. Nate Marquardt
Sérgio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
John Lineker vs. Rob Font
Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith