Justino posted a photo of her and longtime boyfriend Ray Elbe dressed up for a night on the town. The caption calls Elbe her fiancé and a large ring can be seen on her hand.
Justino and Elbe have been dating for many years and he has acted as the main support system throughout her career.
Justino is considered to be one of the greatest female fighters in all of MMA and has been undefeated for over 10 years.
Elbe is a retired MMA fighter with a 23-11 record. He last fought at MC – Martial Combat 11 back in Oct. 2010. He is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt who won a silver medal at the 2012 IBJJF Nogi World Championships. He’s sometimes remembered as a former The Ultimate Fighter contender who made the news after breaking his penis (read this, I couldn’t make it up).
The couple currently reside in Huntington Beach, CA with their dog Fedor (named after Fedor Emelianenko) and cat Laila (named after Laila Ali). Justino recently obtained her US citizenship and purchased her first home in the US.
This will be the second marriage for Justino. She was previously married to Evangelista Santos who still fights for Bellator. They parted amicably and are still seen supporting one another’s careers.
Justino became the UFC’s second-ever featherweight champion after defeating Invicta’s bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger at UFC 214. She will defend her title for the first time when she faces former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 219.
There is no word on how the engagement happened or when the wedding will be, but it’s doubtful that it will occur before her bout later this month.