With only two fights on her contract, UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is looking at a move from the Octagon to the boxing ring, and a fight with Cecilia Braekhus.
Speaking with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports at this past weekend’s HBO boxing card at Stubhub Center, Cyborg wearing a “Cyborg vs. Braekhus 2019” t-shirt, wants to step away from MMA after he contract expires with the UFC and start boxing/
“Of course, I need time for training,” Cyborg said while watching female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus win the first women’s fight to be broadcast on HBO. “I think 4-6 months training. That would be perfect since I have two fights left in MMA and then I can focus on boxing. I’m very excited.”
“After these fights, I will do a boxing fight. After these two fights left. Maybe I’ll come back but not for now. I want to use this time and make more boxing fights. This is my dream.”
With Dana White beginning to build his own stable of boxers, including a rumored deal with Mikey Garcia, Cyborg would be interested to work with the UFC if they allowed her to box and keep her title.
“I would like to work with them. If the UFC works it and I can do boxing fights and still have the belt and come back like McGregor did, let’s see,” said Cyborg.
The interest between both fighters seems to be mutual, as Braekhus claimed following her win on Saturday night in an interview her post fight interview captured by Fighthub.
“That is one option, absolutely,” said Braekhus after her bout on Saturday “I was very surprised – I saw [Cyborg’s] fight against Holly Holm, the former number-one pound-for-pound boxer in the world and she was really giving her competition on the striking game. Yes, that kind of tickled me for a fight against Cyborg. I know she’s very interested in that. She’s texting me and writing me, she really wants to do this and if we can get it done, sure. I think it would be a spectacular thing to do.
“I think she’s actually a better striker than McGregor so I think that would be a much more competitive fight than Mayweather-McGregor also.”
Braekus’ promoter Tom Loeffler claimed that the fight would be a potential moneymaker, especially in Braekus’ native homeland of Norway.
“Now you’re hitting on a fight where the financial expectations actually can generate some interest,” said Loeffler. “Cecilia will tell you that she’s been in contact with Cyborg. . .
“She came to generate some publicity for that fight. They have a mutual respect. If there’s a way to try to make that work, I know in Norway that would be a huge fight. Cyborg, with what she’s doing in the octagon and UFC, would definitely compliment where Cecilia’s at in her career.”
Original story: MMA Fighting