For over a year, Cris Cyborg has inferred that she is looking to transition into the world of boxing.
The former UFC featherweight champion told The Sun newspaper that she’s open to crossing over to face welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.
Speaking of her “passion for boxing,” Cyborg spoke on her training experience with current world champion Claressa Shields, in-hopes of a pro debut.
“I am licensed as a professional boxer in the state of California and plan to have a professional boxing fight at some point in the future,” Cyborg said to the U.K. media outlet. “I would like to use my platform to help bring recognition to women’s boxing. I am 0-0 in boxing, but it is a passion of mine.
“A lot of people have been asking me to go to boxing for a match against Cecilia Braekhus, I think it would be a great opportunity to make the female version of Mayweather vs McGregor.”
And while a showdown with Braekhus is what Cyborg wants, the most likely option for Cyborg is a potential rematch with the winner of UFC 239’s fight between bantamweight/featherweight champion Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm.
“Last year the UFC kept me sidelined for nine months waiting for a fight with Amanda, it is my goal to stay active and compete while I am in my prime,” Cyborg told The Sun.
“My management is working with the UFC to see if the possibility of a rematch exists.
“Unfortunately I don’t have two years to wait for a rematch so if it looks like the UFC isn’t interested in setting up the rematch me and my team will start to look at other options.
Initial Report: The Sun