Cris Cyborg Doesn’t Know If The UFC Will Continue The Women’s Featherweight Division
Cris Cyborg has been very vocal in saying that she wants a rematch with Amanda Nunes, after her fellow Brazilian beat her at UFC 232, to take her women’s featherweight belt.
But with only one fight left on her UFC contract and now Nunes saying that she doesn’t want to fight at 145lbs again, Cyborg is unsure if the UFC will even keep the women’s featherweight division. As she told Brazilian YouTube channel PVT, as transcribed by MMA Fighting.
”I don’t know what they will do moving forward. I will keep fighting no matter where I am. My fans love watching my fights. If they decide to remove my division, and remove me from the UFC and let me go, I think the UFC would be losing with that, and the promotion that signs me would be winning. My fans follow me wherever I go. I’m very thankful because my fans are with me no matter if I win or lose.”
”I want to continue working. The UFC is a great platform to continue (building) my division. I think that even Amanda felt good at 145[lbs], other fighters have as well, because they don’t hurt (their bodies) that much, but that’s out of my control. My manager will meet them and see what’s the next step, but if they decide to remove the division, I will definitely continue shining somewhere else, like I’ve always done. Let’s see what happens.”
It is thought that UFC 237 will take place at the 45,000-seat soccer stadium in Curitiba, which is where Cyborg made her Octagon debut at UFC 198, in 2016. And with fond memories of her debut, in that venue, Cyborg would love to be on that card.
”It was special for me. It was eight years after my last fight in Curitiba, it was my UFC debut, and everybody waited for that. It was really special. I’m open to fighting in May in Curitiba. It could be a rematch with Amanda, but she said she wants to wait two years, or it could be with another opponent they want. Curitiba is my home. They have many athletes to sell out (the stadium) and put on a great event in Curitiba.
”I asked for the rematch, but if it doesn’t happen, my life will continue. I will continue training and wait for my next fight. I lost my first fight and asked for a rematch, 13 years have passed and I never had it, and that didn’t stop my legacy. I kept fighting.”