Cris Cyborg: Bellator featherweight champion plots boxing bout
Bellator champion Chris Cyborg is aiming for a boxing match after standing at the ring during Katie Taylor’s win over Amanda Serrano in New York.
Cyborg, 36, is his fourth degree in defending a lightweight ballet and is eager to take on a new challenge.
He is considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, but he has never fought professionally.
“Boxing was definitely one of my dreams before retirement,” the Brazilian told BBC Sport.
“At the beginning of my previous MMA career, I fought boxing and then I studied MMA. I did wrestle, Mui Thai, jiu-jitsu, but I never had a chance to fight.”
Cyborg is 26-2 and has never participated in a mixed martial arts career. She swapped the UFC against Bellator in 2020 and is undefeated in five promotion fights.
Bellator president Scott Cocker is aware of Cyborg’s hunger for funding and is happy to accommodate a temporary transition.
“Yeah, he told me he wanted to train three or four months to get ready for the game,” Kirk said.
“We’ll see what happens next. His contract gives him boxing rights, but she did not give it. So, I think she really wants to give it a chance. We definitely support them.”
Who can box Cyborg?
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UFC middleweight champion Kamaru Usman is fighting boxing superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, while heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou facing Tyson Fury at Wembley Ray together sparked excitement after defeating Dillian Whyte in April.
Blatter’s Michael “Venom” exceeds 2-0 in professional boxing.
Cyborg watches Taylor defeat Cyrano, and Irish fighting promoter Eddie Harn has pointed to the Brazilian as a potential candidate for Taylor.
Harn told MMA Hour: “We talked about it – we’re watching crossovers with MMA fighters. Maybe there were robots in the past. You talked to him, and he wanted to fight Tyler.”
Taylor weighed 135 pounds in his last easy fight, while Cyborg fought at 145 pounds for most of his last career.