Brazil­ian UFC fighter Cris ‘Cy­borg’ be­comes US cit­i­zen

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Brazil­ian UFC fighter Cris “Cy­borg” Justino be­came a US cit­i­zen dur­ing a nat­u­ral­iza­tion cer­e­mony Tues­day. The 31-year-old from Cu­ritiba, Brazil, was among thou­sands who took the oath of cit­i­zen­ship at the Los Angeles Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Justino, who said she added Cy­borg as a mid­dle name on her nat­u­ral­iza­tion pa­pers, said com­ing to the United States has changed her life.

“The first time I went to Amer­ica, I had the op­por­tu­nity to fight here and peo­ple re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate my work and ap­pre­ci­ate my sport,” she said, while lin­ing up with 2,300 cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­cants for the day’s first cer­e­mony.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for me (to) give back for the Amer­i­can com­mu­nity what they give to me. I can vote. I can par­tic­i­pate more,” she said. Justino came to the United States on a visa for com­pet­i­tive ath­letes in 2008 and later ap­plied for a green card, said Richard M. Wil­ner, her immigration at­tor­ney.

She ap­plied to nat­u­ral­ize in De­cem­ber 2015. Wil­ner said be­com­ing a cit­i­zen was a per­sonal de­ci­sion for Justino and will not af­fect her work in the sport. The vet­eran fighter is 17-1 since her 2005 de­but and has won ti­tles in the Strike­force and In­victa promotions. She signed with the UFC ear­lier this year and lives in Hunt­ing­ton Beach.

In­clud­ing a sec­ond cer­e­mony sched­uled for the af­ter­noon, some 4,000 peo­ple from more than 120 coun­tries were be­ing nat­u­ral­ized Tues­day. — AP

LOS ANGELES: Brazil­ian UFC fighter Cris “Cy­borg” Justino takes the “Oath of Cit­i­zen­ship” to be­come a US cit­i­zen dur­ing a nat­u­ral­iza­tion cer­e­mony at the Los Angeles Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, Tues­day. — AP

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