The crossover between MMA and boxing is very common among modern combat athletes, with the money factor being the biggest attraction.
And it seems like we could be in line to see another similar crossover featuring Cris Cyborg. The veteran Brazilian, following the complete domination over Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 279, expressed her desire to fight in a boxing ring.
Speaking to MMA Junkie at a post-fight news conference, Cyborg shared views regarding her boxing dreams.
“For me, my next fight I’d like to do a boxing fight. It’s been one of my dreams,” she said.
“Maybe it’s going to be the next one I’m working on. I don’t know. I don’t know who is going to be next or who Bellator will put in front of me – Cat Zingano, Amanda Nunes, Kayla Harrison. I like to be (on) the big shows for my fans and enjoy every time I step in there for the title.”
Cyborg confirmed that she is already in talks to shape up things for her boxing debut and that she could see herself doing so at either 154 pounds or 147 pounds.
Cyborg has already contested in wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and muay Thai fight.
“I’ve been coaching and training boxing for one fight. I’m looking for one fight. I’ve done everything. I did wrestling. I did jiu-jitsu. I did a muay Thai fight. It’s the only one I haven’t done, is boxing. It’s one of my dreams,” Cyborg added.
Cyborg is currently under Bellator, but the promotion’s president Scott Coker said at a post-fight news conference that he will allow Cyborg to take a boxing fight should she choose. And interestingly, it’s in her contract that she can make a boxing stint whenever she wants during her contract.
“I think that’s really going to be up to her,” Coker told MMA Junkie.
“I’ll be honest with you and I don’t want to get into too much detail, but it’s always been an agreement that we’ve had with her that she can box at any time in our contract with her. She (could) box whether it was a year ago or eight months ago. She’s always had the ability to box in her agreement.”