Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is currently in discussions with all the world’s leading MMA advertising 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, however her and her agents have been clear with the UFC that they are interested in a reunion.
In accordance with Attar, Cyborg expects to fight at UFC 237, which takes place this May in Curitiba, Brazil. The principal 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 lot of sense to pump up the undercard with a fighter of Cyborg’s fame and name value, notably in Brazil. If Cyborg does fight at UFC 237, that is going to be the last fight on her contract, even as he has only one fight left it with no champion’s clause due to losing the belt.
The UFC would be smart to bring back Cyborg on a new deal. She has been demonstrated to be a bit of a pay-per-view draw at some time when the UFC needs fighters who market displays, and although she won’t be cheap to re-sign, she’s shown to be worth the price. So far as women’s fighters proceed, there are not many more intriguing 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 request is appropriate.
Although it would be wonderful to view Cyborg receive a rematch with Nunes viewing as though she had been on a 13-year win streak before dropping her belt in mad fashion, it is very unlikely Nunes would take this struggle. The rumor is that Nunes would like to fight Holly Holm next for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, which will leave Cyborg without a next logical competitor. There aren’t too many featherweights in the UFC right now, but both which do stand out are Megan Anderson and Cat Zingano. Anderson just beat Zingano in controversial fashion following a flea slit her eye and the fight was stopped in the first round at UFC 232, but Anderson did get her hands raised. If the UFC wanted to do Cyborg from Anderson in Brazil, that is a fight which produces a lot of sense.
Cyborg will fight out that last battle of her contract, but in the case she will enter free service, she will have a lot of suitors. Evidently, Bellator would take a run at her ex-Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker is in control of the company. But I would guess RIZIN and ONE would also take a run at her, not to mention that the WWE, Golden Boy MMA as well as some boxing promotions. Fundamentally, Cyborg will have tons of alternatives to choose from. However, if her broker has been sincere, she would like to come back to the UFC, and it might be ideal for MMA fans if that is what occurs.
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