Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has long aspired to dabble in the world of professional boxing. And with her current UFC contract nearing its end, it could soon become a reality.
According to the heavy-handed Brazilian, she only has two more fights remaining on her UFC deal. But if she can’t lock down a pair of fights from here until March of 2019, she will not be tied down with UFC, paving the way for boxing dreams.
“My contract is going to finish in March, I have two fights left (whichever comes first). I want to fight boxing,” revealed Cris during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “After these two fights I want to go fight boxing. I want to fight the world champion Cecilia Braekus or (Layla) McCarter,” she added, while saying MMA won’t be off the table for good.
“Maybe after that I can come back to MMA, but I want to fight boxing because now Cecilia is available. And for UFC, they no find girl to fight. The next two girls in line are going to be who win Megan vs Holly and Amanda superfight.”
Cris was linked to a potential superfight with Bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes, and now that “Lioness” is fresh off a shellacking over Raquel Pennington (see it), those talks could potentially resume.
According to Cris, she doesn’t have a champion’s clause in her contract which allows her to leave once her deal is up, as her responsibilities with UFC won’t be extended by three more fights (read about it here).
Nevertheless, the timing is a bit odd to say the least as season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) will be focused on finally bulking up the women’s 145-pound weight class. Speaking of which, Cris took her future competition out to dinner last night after tryouts.
Still, Cris won’t completely abandon MMA in favor of boxing, so the winner of TUF 28 could still get her
punishment chance of facing the hard-hitting striker down the road.