PFL Announcer Gives One Reason Cyborg Should Join
The question posed after Cris Cyborg’s release is “where to next?”
Cyborg, who was made a free agent on Friday after Dana White made it clear that he was not in the “Cyborg business” anymore.
While Bellator President Scott Coker said the door is open to the former Strikeforce champion, Yves Edwards feels the UFC’s ESPN+ neighbor, PFL can make a play for Cyborg.
“Hey, you want to make a million dollars?” Edwards said to MMAJunkie Radio. “That’s pretty much all you have to say to Cris Cyborg.”
Building their women’s roster around their 155-pound division, Cyborg may thrive at lightweight, and find challenging fights against Sarah Kaufman and current PFL cornerstone and two-time gold medalist, Kayla Harrison.
“Sarah Kaufman is probably the biggest test for Kayla Harrison right now, and Sarah Kaufman is a true 135-pounder,” Edwards said. “She definitely has the skill set. And then Cris Cyborg – Kayla has come a long way in a short amount of time, but Cyborg would definitely have the experience edge.
“And that would be an uphill battle for a lot of women in the PFL, simply because the women haven’t had their division for as long as the men have. They haven’t been competing for as long as Cris Cyborg has and at the highest level. Cris has so much experience. She would definitely come in and be the favorite, even over Kayla Harrison. So Cris, if you want to make a million dollars, and we’re doing the women’s lightweight division again next year, she should definitely think about it. But that’s what my offer would be for her: ‘Would you like to make a million dollars?’”
“I would love to see Cris Cyborg fight inside the PFL,” Edwards continued.
“She’s been one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts for a really long time. We talk about the greatest women’s mixed martial artists, and her name is always in the conversation. Gina Carano, she had that fight. Everybody talked about her fight with Ronda when Ronda was on her climb. Cris Cyborg was the bar. She was the one everyone was gunning for.”