Cris Cyborg hasn’t forgotten about her desire to compete inside a boxing ring.
Cyborg is the Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion. She’s fresh off a successful title defense against Arlene Blencowe on October 15. The title fight headlined Bellator 249 inside an empty Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Cyborg scored the second-round submission finish via rear-naked choke. This was Cyborg’s first submission victory.
During the Bellator 249 post-fight press conference, Cyborg expressed her desire to make her boxing debut even if it was just for one fight (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“I’ve been working on a lot of boxing with Virgil Ortiz and it’s my dream to do one boxing fight if I get the opportunity. I know Scott Coker said maybe I can get one fight and I just have to continue training, continue working. If it’s going to be MMA or boxing, I’m just going to be ready.”
With the victory over Blencowe, Cyborg has improved her pro MMA record to 23-2, 1 NC. This was her second bout under the Bellator banner. She made her promotional debut back on January 25, stopping Julia Budd via TKO to capture the Bellator Women’s Featherweight Title.
Cyborg isn’t the first MMA champion to get the itch to box. Conor McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match back in August 2017. The “Notorious” one fell short in the contest, losing via 10th-round TKO. Jose Aldo has also flirted with the idea of transitioning into the sport of boxing but he always ended up sticking with the UFC.
Cyborg has proposed having two bouts with Katie Taylor, one being boxing, and the other MMA. Taylor is the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO Female Lightweight Champion. She’s scheduled to defend her gold against Miriam Gutierrez on November 14. Taylor is undefeated thus far in her pro boxing career with a record of 16-0.