Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is currently in discussions with all the world’s top MMA advertising about a new contract, according to her agent Audie Attar, who talked to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on his MMA show. Cyborg has just one fight left on her contract after her shocking KO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232, but her and her representatives have been clear 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 this event will be headlined by UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas carrying on No. 1 contender Jessica Andrade, also it makes a lot of sense to pump up the undercard using a fighter of Cyborg’s popularity and name worth, especially in Brazil. If Cyborg does fight at UFC 237, that is going to be the last fight on her contract, as he has only one fight left it without any champion’s clause because of losing the belt.
The UFC will be smart to bring back Cyborg on a brand new thing. She’s been demonstrated to be a small pay-per-view draw in a time when the UFC wants fighters who market shows, and although she won’t be cheap to re-sign, she is shown to be well worth the money. As far as women’s fighters go, there aren’t many more intriguing fighters than Cyborg and there sure are not many with considerably more title value than she’s. The UFC absolutely should re-sign her provided that the ask is appropriate.
Although it would be nice to view Cyborg get a rematch with Nunes seeing as though she had been on a 13-year win streak before dropping her belt in upset fashion, it’s very unlikely Nunes would take this fight. The rumor is that Nunes wants to battle Holly Holm alongside for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, which will leave Cyborg with no upcoming logical competitor. There aren’t a lot of featherweights in the UFC right now, but the two that 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 against Anderson in Brazil, that is a fight which produces a 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 lot of suitors. Evidently, Bellator would require a run at her as her ex-Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker is in control of the business. But I would guess RIZIN and ONE would also have a run at her, not to mention the WWE, Golden Boy MMA as well as some boxing promotions. Cyborg will have tons of options to choose from. However, if her agent has been sincere, she wants to come back to the UFC, and it might be excellent for MMA fans if that’s what happens.
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