Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is in discussions with all the world’s top MMA promotion 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 her contract after her shocking KO loss to Amanda Nunes in UFC 232, but her and her representatives have been apparent with the UFC that 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 contender Jessica Andrade, and it makes a great deal of awareness to pump up the undercard with a fighter of Cyborg’s fame and name value, especially in Brazil. If Cyborg does struggle in UFC 237, that is going to be the final battle on her contract, as he’s only 1 battle left on it without any champion’s clause because of losing the belt.
The UFC would be smart to bring back Cyborg on a new thing. She has been demonstrated to be a small pay-per-view draw at some time when the UFC needs fighters who market shows, and she won’t be economical to re-sign, she is shown to be worth the money. So far as women’s fighters proceed, there are not many more intriguing fighters than Cyborg and there sure are not many with considerably more title worth than she’s. The UFC absolutely should re-sign her as long as the ask is appropriate.
Although it would be wonderful to view Cyborg get a rematch with Nunes viewing like she had been on a 13-year win streak before dropping her belt in upset fashion, it is very unlikely Nunes would take this fight. The rumor is that Nunes wants to fight Holly Holm next for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, which would leave Cyborg without a upcoming logical competitor. There are not a lot of featherweights in the UFC right now, but the two which do stand out are Megan Anderson and Cat Zingano. Anderson just beat Zingano in controversial fashion after a toenail sliced her eye and the fight was stopped in the first round at UFC 232, but Anderson did catch her hands raised. If the UFC wanted to perform Cyborg against Anderson in Brazil, that is a fight that makes a lot of sense.
Cyborg will fight out that last fight of her contract, however if she does enter free agency, she will have a lot of suitors. Obviously, Bellator would take a run at her as her ex-Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker is in control of the company. But I would suspect RIZIN and ONE would likewise take a run at her, not to mention that the WWE, Golden Boy MMA as well as some boxing promotions. Fundamentally, Cyborg will have plenty of options to choose from. But if her broker is being sincere, she would like to return to the UFC, and it might be ideal to get MMA fans if that is what happens.
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