Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is in discussions with the world’s leading MMA promotion about a new contract, according to her representative Audie Attar, who talked 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, and it makes a lot of awareness to pump up the undercard using a fighter of Cyborg’s popularity and name worth, especially in Brazil. If Cyborg does struggle at UFC 237, that will be the final fight on her contract, even as he has only 1 battle left it without any champion’s clause due to losing the buckle.
The UFC would be smart to bring back Cyborg on a brand new deal. She’s proven to be a small pay-per-view draw in some time when the UFC needs fighters who sell displays, and she won’t be economical to re-sign, she is shown to be well worth the money. So far as women’s fighters go, there aren’t many more exciting fighters compared to Cyborg and there sure are not many with much more name value than she’s. The UFC absolutely should re-sign her provided that the ask is appropriate.
Although it would be wonderful to see Cyborg receive a rematch with Nunes seeing like she was on a 13-year win streak before losing her belt in upset fashion, it’s very unlikely Nunes would take that fight. The rumor is that Nunes wants to fight Holly Holm next for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, which will leave Cyborg with no next logical opponent. There aren’t too many featherweights from the UFC at this time, but the two that do stand out are Megan Anderson and Cat Zingano. Anderson just beat Zingano in contentious fashion following a flea slit her attention and the fight was stopped in the first round at UFC 232, but Anderson did catch her hands raised. If the UFC wanted to do Cyborg against Anderson in Brazil, that’s a fight which produces a whole lot of sense.
Cyborg will fight that last fight of her contract, however if she does enter free agency, she will have a great deal of suitors. Obviously, Bellator would take a run at her as her ex-Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker is in charge of the business. But I would guess RIZIN and ONE would likewise take a run at her, not to mention the WWE, Golden Boy MMA as well as some boxing promotions. Cyborg will have plenty of options to select from. However, if her agent has been sincere, she would like to come back to the UFC, and it would be ideal for MMA fans if that’s what happens.
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