Cris Cyborg Returns To Boxing After PFL Talks Stall

Cris Cyborg, the Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion, will continue with boxing after she failed to secure a fight in the PFL. 

Cyborg’s last MMA fight was a defense against Cat Zingano at Bellator 300 in October 2023. She stopped Zingano in the first round. The victory was shortly before the PFL acquired Bellator. As the deal was on its way to being finalized, Cyborg entered the boxing ring last month. 

She stopped Kelsey Wickstrum as all eyes were set on her next move. There was an expectation Cyborg would appear on the PFL vs Bellator: Champs card. That never happened, leaving Cyborg short of options. She was linked with fights against Kayla Harrison and Leah McCourt. Harrison left to join the UFC, where she will take on Holly Holm at UFC 300. McCourt has signed a deal to rematch Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 302. Cyborg became frustrated at the PFL over its lack of speed in getting her a fight, as she has now made her next move. 

“I’m ready to fight now. I told them, I just don’t want to sit down and wait for so long. If I have to wait, for sure I’m going to make one more boxing fight. I’ve been training, and waiting. Not much [has gone on with the PFL]. We talked last time, and not much. I want to be active, you know?

“It’s nice to have some boxing fights and help my record, improve my game, and learn more. I think it’s important, and it motivates me to keep training and working. If I don’t have an MMA fight, I don’t have a reason to sit down and waiting. I think I can train, and do some boxing fights I’m really excited about,” Cyborg said

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