MMA veteran Cris Cyborg has made it clear that she plans to have one boxing fight and one MMA showdown before wrapping up this year.
In an interview with MMA Hour, the 34-year-old Bellator star said she admired Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor and made herself available to trade haymakers against her.
“No, she called me out, Katie Taylor. But you know, it’s an honor for me that she’s calling me out, you know. I just continue training and you know, she is — I respect her, she’s a great fighter. Let’s see what’s going to be happening,” the Muay Thai ace said.
Cyborg (24-2) feels that she is in no position to call out big names in the boxing industry, so she will let her and Bellator management sort this out.
“I would like to do two more fights this year, and I would like one to be boxing, for sure,” Cyborg said. “I’m not here to pick the opponent, you know, it’s a new world for me, it’s a new world, I just continue training. Audie Attar and Scott Coker and probably gonna work together to see who can be my next opponent in boxing, but my first one is gonna be great.”
Cyborg is considered one of the best female fighters in MMA. She is on a four-fight winning streak, including finishing Leslie Smith via TKO (strikes) in her latest fight.
Cyborg admitted that she wanted to feature on the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley card.
“I’m waiting on Audie Attar (manager) to move with this thing and do my first boxing fight, I was hoping to be on the Jake Paul vs. (Tyron) Woodley card, but the next one’s going to be in MMA. And maybe in the future, you know, Bellator likes to do the co-promotion and do another event together.”