Current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane Justino, who moonlights as an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) catchweight attraction, has created the “Pink Belt Fitness” program to help unite and empower women.
Considering how often “Cyborg” gets shit on my the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, especially from the UFC bro squad (samples here and here), the Brazilian may be overqualified for the position.
So why is the “devout Christian” wearing a hijab, traditionally worn by Muslim women?
“I am wearing the Hijab, a symbol of modesty and protection used by many women around the world, not as a sign of religion but as a symbol of support for all women around the world,” Justino wrote on Facebook. “The Hijab is not anti-American, or terroristic, sadly those are misconceptions from those who are lacking cultural understanding.”
Justino could use some positive press these days. After running into yet another disagreement with UFC over the direction of her career, “Cyborg” found herself in hot water with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).