Cris “Cyborg” has two fights left on her current UFC deal, and increasingly there’s indications that the featherweight champ may not return to the organization afterwards.
If you’ve followed “Cyborg” over the years, then you know she has been at odds with the UFC before. Prior to her signing with the promotion, she and Ronda Rousey feuded through the media, and “Cyborg” was also criticized / insulted by Dana White.
More recently, however, “Cyborg” has questioned whether the UFC is really interested in developing the 145 division. She’s also said she hopes to transition into pro-boxing after her current contract is done, and now she isn’t happy about the layoff she’s had in between bouts. “Cyborg” hasn’t competed since March when she stopped Yana Kunitskaya, and as a result, she wants to fight Amanda Nunes in September. The bantamweight champ, however, says she can’t compete until December.
“Before Dana White gave the belt to Ronda, I was already the champion in my division, 145, and I think all my fans know what I deal with every day,” Cyborg said. “Like with Ronda or other fights, it’s all politics. I’m the champion a long time, 12 years undefeated, and if a fight doesn’t happen with girls like this, it’s politics. You can see how it’s politics because I’m ready to fight now and I have to wait nine months and you can see Colby Covington, they’re gonna take his belt – and he got the belt 45 days ago – because Woodley is ready to fight and [Colby] said he’s not ready so they took the belt. This is an example of how politics works.”
“I still have a lot of things left in my career. I have two fights left in the UFC and I hope this works well. I have a dream fight boxing fight and I am for sure gonna fight a boxing fight. If it’s not gonna be the UFC, maybe I’ll fight Julia Budd in Bellator. I think I have a lot of doors I can fight [in]. Maybe I could do a Grand Prix, more than one fight per day in Japan. A lot of things can happen. I don’t think this is the finish of my career, this is just one more challenge in my career. I’ve already overcome a lot of things in my career, and if I don’t fight in the UFC anymore, for sure I’m gonna find other ways to keep growing my legacy.”
So does this mean that “Cyborg” won’t return to the UFC for sure? After this contract ends? No. But, it certainly looks like the UFC will need to come with a decent offer, and some commitments, in terms of keeping her busy. All this is assuming, of course, that she wins her last two bouts.
It will be interesting to see what happens. Over the last year or so, it’s become clear that “Cyborg” is one of the UFC’s top draws.