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Cris 'Cyborg' Justino challenges Germaine de Randamie to July bout

Cris "Cyborg" Justino is ready to fight for a UFC championship.

In a video statement on Friday, Justino (17-1) publicly challenged current UFC 145-pound featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie to a five-round title fight on a scheduled pay-per-view event on July 29 in Anaheim, California.

"I'm in health now and I am strong," Justino said. "I really want to show my fans why I went 10 years undefeated at 145 pounds.

"July 29th, the UFC will be in Southern California and I would really like to fight in my backyard in America, in Anaheim, California. So, Germaine, I hope your hand is healthy enough to accept my challenge."

Originally from Curitiba, Brazil, Justino now trains out of Huntington Beach, California. She obtained U.S. citizenship earlier this year.

In addition to calling for a UFC title fight, Justino said she has vacated her 145-pound title with all-female promotion Invicta FC. Justino won the title in July 2013 and defended it three times before debuting with the UFC in 2016.

De Randamie (7-3) won the UFC's inaugural title in February by defeating Holly Holm via unanimous decision at UFC 208. Immediately after, de Randamie said she was nursing a nagging hand injury that might require surgery.

The Dutch champion has not provided an update on her injury since, although she has said she wishes to grant Holm an immediate rematch before facing Justino.

That scenario seems unlikely, as the UFC essentially created a 145-pound division to showcase Justino. Fifteen of Justino's 17 career wins have come via knockout, including nine in the first round.

The UFC initially wanted to feature Justino in its inaugural title fight last month, but Justino turned it down, saying she required time off. She was flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a potential doping violation in December but has since been cleared of any wrongdoing.

De Randamie had not yet responded to Justino's challenge.