Cyborg’s Future Set?
Cris Cyborg may have tipped her hand in-terms of where she will fight next.
In an interview posted to her own YouTube channel, Cyborg spoke on her moving on from the UFC and the next step in her historic career.
“Everything I did, I was always feeling in my heart. I don’t regret anything. . .” Cyborg said of her tenure fighting for Dana White.
“[The UFC] is in the past. It’s in the past since my last fight. I put it in the past in my heart. I believe I made a lot in the UFC. I believe I’m one of the girls who fought in the UFC who has more wins than losses. I believe all places I’ve been had something special in it. With the UFC, I wanted to be fighting in the UFC. I went through all the hard time cutting weight to make my division and they made it. Amanda is the champion, there is a division. Every moment of my life I start a project and the UFC project was to have my division. I put an effort to get down to the division, I made it, and there is a division now.”
“I believe I’ll sign my new contract in less than 30 days,” Cyborg said of what’s next in a career that spanned Strikeforce, Invicta, and the UFC. “I’ll be online to tell everybody about my new place where Cyborg will be welcome. I have to thank Dana for sending me a letter two days after my win. It really helped me to negotiate.”
“I’ll be back to Brazil soon, for sure. It’s part of my plan for the new contract I sign, and I am very happy.”
If Cyborg is heading to Brazil, there is only one promotion that comes to mind with it… Bellator.
Scott Coker has made it clear that they’re interested in bringing a Bellator card to Brazil and has a long relationship with the former UFC champion dating back to his days running Strikeforce.
“I’ve passed through many cycles already and in a cycle, there is always beginning, middle, and end,” Cyborg said. “Invicta had an end Bellator – no, [laughing] not Bellator yet – the UFC had a beginning, middle, and end. Strikeforce. So, I’m starting a new cycle. I’m happy, anxious, looking forward to starting. It’s good to start new projects and I’m looking forward to that.”
While Cyborg may have meant Strikeforce instead of Bellator due to Coker being at the helm, Cyborg’s final statement made it a bit clearer.
“When I ended my cycle with the UFC, I had two choices,” Cyborg said, possibly referencing Bellator and the PFL.
“The option I chose, where I am now is the option where I see my future grow. I’ll be fighting more times a year, I won’t have any trouble, I’ll be happy. That’s what I see.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting