According to a March 19 report from InvictaFC.com, Cris "Cyborg" Santos (10-1, 1 NC) of Curitiba, Brazil will square off with rising star Fiona Muxlow (6-2) of Townsville, Queensland Australia in a featured featherweight (145 pounds) bout at the Invicta Fighting Championships women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship doubleheader event at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, after a rib injury sustained in training camp forced Cyborg’s original opponent Ediane “India” Gomes to withdraw from the scheduled matchup.
Muxlow’s original Invicta FC 5 featherweight opponent, hard-punching Julia “The Jewel” Budd (4-2) of Port Moody, BC Canada, will be matched with a new opponent to be announced soon.
Budd's Invicta FC 5 opponent has now been changed twice due to wacky circumstances.
Budd was originally slated to fight Gomes, but "India" got the call to fight Santos when the legendary Brazilian was added to the card.
Then, she was set to fight Muxlow, when a similar situation occurred.
It appears that Budd turned down the opportunity to fight Santos, because she's ranked higher than Muxlow on most charts.
Muxlow, a highly-skilled grappler who is ranked in the top ten in the women's 145-pound ranks, recently reeled off three consecutive victories before her win streak was snapped at the hands of Marloes Coenen at Saitama Super Arena in Japan on Dec. 31, 2012.
As for Santos, she is universally recognized as the most devastating striker in the women’s field of MMA fighters, as she rattled off eight TKO victories since making her pro debut in 2005.
However, this is her first fight back since getting busted for performance-enhancing drugs over a year ago.