Cris Cyborg Wants To Box World Champion Cecilia Braekhus
Bellator MMA’s Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has wanted to compete in boxing for some time and she now has an opponent in mind – Cecilia Braekhus.
”I’m training a lot in boxing now. I was thinking about maybe I do my next fight in boxing. Me and Cecilia Braekhus always talk back and forth. But, you know, I’m training. I think everyone is gonna be a very good match for me. It’s gonna be a great fight. I like to challenge myself. I never look for the easy way.”
Braekhus is a tough challenge. The Norwegian phenom is 36-0 as a professional boxer with a 75-5 amateur record. She holds the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring female welterweight championships.
Since signing with Bellator, ‘Cyborg’ took the featherweight strap off Julia Budd, making her the most dominant female featherweight in the sport. The Brazilian power striker is the only woman to win titles in the UFC, Bellator, Invicta FC, and the now defunct Strikeforce.
‘Cyborg’s’ UFC career ended after she defeated Felicia Spencer, the final fight on her contract. After a tumultuous history dating back to before her time in the promotion, UFC president Dana White told the media that he was “out of the Cyborg business.”
Hurry Up And Wait
While there is no exact timetable for a fight, ‘Cyborg’s’ Bellator contract should allow for her to fight outside of MMA and there is some crossover in the company, thanks to Bellator Kickboxing. Fighters have also been able to venture into pro wrestling, like Jake Hager.
”I always compete in everything, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, MMA, jiu-jitsu, grappling,” ‘Cyborg’ said. “I never got the opportunity to fight box. For me, it’s gonna be an honour to fight her. I improve every day. I never think I know everything, I just learn, open my mind. Boxing is very different than MMA, lot of things to know. But I’m learning every day and very happy about it.”
Would you like to see Cris ‘Cyborg’ challenge Cecilia Braekhus inside a boxing ring?