It wouldn’t be a Cris Cyborg fight without a little pushback from the champion against the UFC. While featherweight champ Cyborg sounds eager to take on bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, she also sounds unimpressed with the timeline. That battle is being targeted for UFC 232 on December 29th, which is way too far away for Cyborg.
I am healthy and ready to fight now. 10 months is a long time to be outside of the cage in the prime of your career when you are healthy and ready to fight. https://t.co/IWLVB3ZeGV— CyborgVNunes #ufc228 (@criscyborg) July 12, 2018
I haven’t fought in 4 months. By the time dec comes I’ve been out of the cage 10 months. I’m healthy and ready to fight now.— CyborgVNunes #ufc228 (@criscyborg) July 14, 2018
Usually the UFC is the one pushing to get their champions back in the cage quickly. But with Cyborg, she’s the one often fighting the promotion for a fast turnaround. Her last fight was a first round TKO of Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on March 3rd. She’s already been sitting around for four months. With 18 events between now and then, you’d think the UFC could find a spot for her if she wants to compete.
Cyborg’s contract is set to expire after two more fights or in March of 2019, whatever comes first. She’s made it clear that she wants to step outside the UFC and fight p4p #1 women’s boxer Cecilia Braekhus. We have to wonder whether there’s some angle going on here where the UFC isn’t keeping Cyborg as active as she’d like to be unless she signs a new contract.
Whatever the case, it’s just another situation where Cyborg is sitting on the sidelines begging the UFC for a fight they don’t seem all that eager to give her.