Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino has revealed she is taking birth control pills in an attempt to make weight for UFC Brasilia this weekend.
The Brazilian fighter is thought to be the best female MMA fighter in the world, but has struggled to meet the weight requirements of the UFC divisions.
Cyborg competes at 145lbs, but with just two female weight divisions in the UFC, the lightest being bantamweight at 135lbs, the 31-year-old is competing at a catchweight of 140lbs.
However, Cyborg revealed that even that weight is a struggle to make and the unusual methods she is using to make it.
‘Today, I wake up 165 (pounds),’ Cyborg told host Ariel Helwani.
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‘In this camp, my nutrition coach, he starts giving to me birth control, and I never take this in my life, and I take this three months, every day.
‘My coach says it will be good for me, I believe in him, and, man I fly from America to Brazil (at) 168lbs.
‘My body will hold more water than normal, and I don’t think this will really help my body.’
In her own personal vlog, Cyborg can be seen arguing with her weight expert George Lockhart and she revealed that she is worried that the birth control pills may be what is holding her back, instead of helping her.
‘This camp I don’t touch 150,’ she said.
CURITIBA, BRAZIL – MAY 13: Cris Cyborg Justino of Brazil weighs in during the UFC 198 weigh-in at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 13,
‘It’s really scary, I look in the mirror, I trained double and I don’t know why I don’t touch 150.
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‘Just something different in this camp is I take birth control. Last fight, I make 140, it was successful.’
Cyborg is due to face Lina Lansberg on Saturday with the fighter having made a fantastic start to life in the UFC with a 81-second knockout of Leslie Smith.