Cyborg: “Nothing Personal Between The UFC And I”
Cris Cyborg has one more fight on her contract, and with questions abound about what’s next for the former UFC featherweight champion.
Facing Felicia Spencer at UFC 240, Cyborg is focused on making the final fight of her deal a memorable one.
“I’m happy that my next fight is in Canada,” Cyborg told MMA Fighting. “I have a lot of fans in Canada but never fought there before. I think it’s going to be a great fight. I know it’s the last fight fight in my contract, but, actually, I’m not thinking about that. I’m focused on one more fight in my career.”
“My career has had highs and lows, but I think that helps us to become more mature, to get better as a person, to learn, and to be an example for others,” Cyborg said of her career following her loss at UFC 232 to Amanda Nunes and the lack of certainty of where she stands in the Endeavor owned organization.
“There’s nothing personal between the UFC and I. I see it as business, so the decisions we make, that I make, what will happen, certainly will be something good for me. I’m not thinking about it right now, I really am focused on my next fight.”
“I’ve fought for many promotions. EliteXC, Strikeforce champion, Invicta FC champion, the UFC, and I think the UFC is no different from the other promotions I’ve fought for before,” Cyborg said. “It made my career and history stronger. Everybody already knew who Cris Cyborg was before I went to the UFC so, in reality, I brought my fans with me when I went to fight in the UFC. (My fans) campaigned to have me fighting in the UFC, and I’m happy with that.
“My story doesn’t end, of course. It will continue. Just like I’ve been in many promotions, I might continue fighting in the UFC… Right now I’m focused on my next fight, which is the most important thing for me at the moment.”
“The first thing I did after my last fight was ask for a rematch,” Cyborg said regarding rumors she was evading a rematch with Nunes after being knocked out. “I asked Dana White and he publicly said he wouldn’t give me an immediate rematch. Amanda Nunes also said maybe after two years, so life goes on. That won’t stop my legacy or stop my work.
“If (this fight) has to happen, it will happen. It doesn’t depend only on me. If it did, it would have happened already because it was the first thing I asked after the fight. Everybody knows that doesn’t change my legacy. I lost the first of my career and that only made me stronger to get where I am, and I believe there’s much more to come.”
Report: MMA Fighting