Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg made a successful Octagon debut by knocking out Leslie Smith in the very first round at UFC 198 on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil, in a bout that was contested at 140 pounds.
And though she was momentarily rumored to be returning to the eight-walled cage to face bantamweight contender Germaine de Randamie at UFC 201 on July 30, Cyborg was quick to dismiss it. That's because she is still determined on defending her 145-pound strap for Invicta.
Plus, if UFC matchmakers want her to make the grueling cut down to 140 pounds again, they have to come correct with some super fights, as she declared on The MMA Hour.
"It's really hard to make 140, and I want to make super fights, you know? I want to keep my division, but if they make happen super fights for me and my fans want to watch these fights, why not? I'm not scared to lose, this is my job. I am always ready for the battle at 140 or 145. I did first time at 140 but it's really hard. But they have to be big fights. They have to be something special. In Brazil it was special because it was in my city and it's been 10 years since I don't fight in my city. I am very thankful for Leslie who accept the challenge a dream come true for me. I make 140 because it was in Brazil, in Curitiba."
Cyborg currently has an empty dance card, and didn't reveal future fighting plans inside the Octagon or with Invicta.
Nevertheless, UFC matchmakers have been put on notice: If you want to see Cyborg inside the eight-walled cage, you better bring in the big guns.