CRIS CYBORG TALKING TO UFC ABOUT NEW DEAL
Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is in discussions with the world’s top MMA advertising about a new contract, according to her agent Audie Attar, who spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on his MMA show. Cyborg has just one fight left on her contract following her shocking KO loss to Amanda Nunes in UFC 232, but her and her representatives have been apparent with the UFC they are interested in a reunion.
According to Attar, Cyborg expects to fight at UFC 237, which takes place this May at Curitiba, Brazil. The main event of that event will be headlined by UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas taking on No. 1 competitor Jessica Andrade, also it makes a great deal of sense to pump up the undercard with a fighter of Cyborg’s popularity and name worth, notably in Brazil. If Cyborg does fight at UFC 237, that will be the final battle on her contract, even as he’s just one battle left on it without any champion’s clause due to losing the belt.
The UFC would be smart to bring back Cyborg on a new thing. She’s proven to be a bit of a pay-per-view draw in some time when the UFC wants fighters who market shows, and she will not be cheap to re-sign, she is proven to be well worth the money. So far as women’s fighters go, there aren’t many more exciting fighters than Cyborg and there sure aren’t many with considerably more name worth than she’s. The UFC absolutely should re-sign her provided that the ask is appropriate.
Even though it would be nice to see Cyborg receive a rematch with Nunes viewing like she was on a 13-year win streak before losing her belt in mad fashion, it is very unlikely Nunes would take that fight. The rumor is that Nunes would like to fight Holly Holm alongside for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, which will leave Cyborg with no upcoming logical opponent. There are not too many featherweights in the UFC right now, but the two that do stand out are Megan Anderson and Cat Zingano. Anderson just beat Zingano in contentious fashion after a toenail slit her attention and the fight was stopped in the first round at UFC 232, but Anderson did catch her hand raised. If the UFC wanted to perform Cyborg against Anderson in Brazil, that is a fight which makes a whole lot of sense.
Cyborg will fight out that last battle of her contract, however in the case she does enter free agency, she will have a great deal of suitors. Obviously, Bellator would require a run at her ex-Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker is in charge of the company. But I would guess RIZIN and ONE would also take a run at her, and of course that the WWE, Golden Boy MMA as well as some boxing promotions. Cyborg will have plenty of alternatives to choose from. However, if her broker has been sincere, she wants to come back to the UFC, and it might be excellent to get MMA fans if that is what happens.
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