Cyborg Reacts to Holm/de Randamie Title Fight
Cris Cyborg has been waiting for most of her life for the UFC to include a women’s featherweight division. That dream will be realized in February, but Cyborg won’t be there to see it: the promotion announced that Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie would fight for the inaugural women’s featherweight title at UFC 208 in Brooklyn.
UFC President Dana White has stated that he offered Cyborg different dates to fight for the 145 lb. belt, but she turned them down and stated she needed more time. According to Cyborg, she needed more time off because her recent weight cuts to 140 lbs. had taken a significant toll on her body.
Apparently, the UFC did not want to wait for the consensus best female featherweight on the planet, and will have the title fight without her.
"I’m happy the UFC created my division,” Cyborg said to MMA Fighting. "It’s been 11 years I’m fighting for women to have the same rights as men with several divisions."
Cyborg has fought twice in the UFC, defeating Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg at a catchweight of 140 lbs. Before both fights, the Brazilian striker suffered through brutal weight cuts, and many questioned why she was being forced to fight five pounds lighter than her weight class of 145.
Though either Holm or de Randamie will be crowned the featherweight champion, Cyborg does not need a belt to know who is the real best fighter at that weight.
"Everybody knows I’m the featherweight champion,” Cyborg said. "I’m undefeated for 10 years in my division. They put this belt only to sell the fight for the new MMA fans. For an example, Holly is coming off two consecutive losses and will fight for the belt. The real fight fans know what’s real."