Cris Cyborg still hasn't given up on her dreams to one day compete under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner. In fact, the current Invicta FC featherweight champion says she is trying to earn a spot at UFC 198, which is set to pop off May 14 in Curitiba, Brazil, at a 42,000-seat stadium (details here).
One thing she may have given up on, however, is a potential fight against former women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, as Cyborg says "Rowdy" is nothing more than a coward who only accepts fight she thinks she can win.
From her conversation with MMA Fighting:
"Many people ask me who I would like to fight, but the truth is I don't choose opponents. They ask how about Ronda Rousey. Fighting Ronda is something that should happen, for the years of trash talk from her. At first I thought this fight would never happen because the UFC was protecting her, but the reality is, after Holly Holm beat her up, she ran away from the rematch, saying she wants to have kids and all that. That confirmed to me what I already knew: she's a coward with a weak mind that never learned after all these years... In her book, she talks about her being depressed after her Olympic loss, she continues as mature as a 5-year-old, she hasn't learned the philosophy of the sport. After Miesha's win over Holly Holm, Ronda texted Dana saying ‘I want to come back to work'. Ronda Rousey is just an American product, who only fights those she thinks she can win. A true champion is the one who won't admit a loss, but not saying she's still undefeated even losing a fight, but going back inside the Octagon and accepting a rematch. Miesha Tate is a great example. She lost two title fights and the belt, but due to her determination she overcame and fought for it again, and she's champion now."
"Miesha Tate is the new champion and I believe that there a lot of things going on in her career now, but I believe she would accept challenges in her career. I would fight her, of course. This is a sport. Holly Holm showed the world, alongside with (Conor) McGregor when they lost, that they don't hide behind pillows, and met their fans at the post-fight party. It's a sport, losses happens. I would fight her, for sure. McGregor was a champion but moved up a division and fought. I believe the true fighter accepts challenges. (But) I'm not agreeing with his style outside the Octagon, with his attitudes and disrespect towards his opponents."
Still, Cyborg's UFC goals are going to be hard to achieve, especially since she has abandoned her plans to drop down to 135 pounds, instead seeking a catchweight bout against either new bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, or former division queenpin, Holly Holm.
Unfortunately, we all know how her previous requests for a catchweight fight inside the Octagon went.