Here’s Why Cris Cyborg Vs Cat Zingano Title Fight Reportedly Won’t Happen Anymore
The awaited featherweight title fight between Cris Cyborg and Cat Zingano has reportedly been called off.
On Wednesday, Cyborg revealed in an appearance with MMA reporter James Lynch that Zingano turned down the proposed March 11 fight.
“I have accepted a fight with her but it got declined so we are waiting to see what is next for me,” Cyborg told Lynch.
“I have asked Bellator about [March 11], I am open to this date. I don’t choose my opponents. For me everyone is saying that Cat Zingano is going to be next. So when she announced she was going to fight 11th, okay, so it’s us. But I hear she wants to do one more fight before our fight.”
Zingano responded to Cyborg indirectly on social media and stated her side of the story.
“Hearing @criscyborg is refusing to drug test,” she wrote.
Hearing @criscyborg is refusing to drug test
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) January 26, 2022
Cyborg previously failed a drug test for steroids in 2011. As a result, she was stripped of her 145-pound Strikeforce title belt.
Earlier this month, Bellator CEO Scott Coker announced that the promotion was planning to book Zingano versus Cyborg. Coker also noted that Zingano was the one who reached out and said she wanted to fight the current featherweight champion.
Both fighters have dominated Bellator in their own way.
Zingano is 2-0 with the promotion since signing with them in 2019. She nabbed wins over Gabby Holloway and Olivia Parker.
Cyborg, an ex-UFC champion, also signed with Bellator in 2019. She’s had four victories and picked up her belt along the way. She is coming off a 92-second knockout win over Sinead Kavanagh in November.