Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is in talks with the world’s top MMA promotion about a new contract, according to her agent Audie Attar, who talked to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on his MMA show. Cyborg has one fight left her contract following her shocking KO loss to Amanda Nunes in UFC 232, however her and her representatives 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 this event will be headlined by UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas taking on No. 1 competitor Jessica Andrade, also it makes a lot of sense to pump up the undercard with a fighter of Cyborg’s fame and name value, especially in Brazil. If Cyborg does fight at UFC 237, that will be the last battle on her contract, even as he has just 1 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 thing. She’s been demonstrated to be a bit of a pay-per-view draw at some time when the UFC needs fighters who sell displays, and she won’t be economical to re-sign, she’s proven to be worth the money. As far as women’s fighters go, there are not many more exciting fighters than Cyborg and there sure aren’t many with much more title worth than she’s. The UFC absolutely should re-sign her as long as the request is appropriate.
Although it would be nice to see Cyborg get a rematch with Nunes seeing as though she was on a 13-year win streak before losing her belt in mad fashion, it is very unlikely Nunes would take that struggle. The rumor is that Nunes would like to battle Holly Holm next for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, which will leave Cyborg with no next logical competitor. There aren’t a lot of featherweights in the UFC right now, but both that do stand out are Megan Anderson and Cat Zingano. Anderson just beat Zingano in contentious 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 from Anderson in Brazil, that is a fight which makes a whole lot of sense.
Cyborg will fight that last battle 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 charge of the business. But I would suspect RIZIN and ONE would also take a run at her, not to mention the WWE, Golden Boy MMA as well as some boxing promotions. Cyborg will have tons of alternatives to choose from. But if her broker has been sincere, she wants to come back to the UFC, and it would be ideal to get MMA fans if that is what happens.
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