PFL/Harrison Welcome “Dangerous” Cyborg At 155
For Cris Cyborg, her options of fighting for major U.S. based promotions are only two.
The first is Bellator, which may be a great landing spot for Cyborg due to her relationship with Bellator President and her former Strikeforce boss, Scott Coker.
Yet, another option is the Professional Fighters League, which can offer Cyborg a return to the ESPN family of networks, a potential $1 million payday, and the potential to fight at 155 pounds, which is exclusive to the league.
“Absolutely, we’re interested in Cris Cyborg,” PFL President Ray Sefo told MMA Fighting. “Cris Cyborg is a legend. She’s been around a long time and she’s been a champion for many years. A champion in different organizations. Our team is talking to her team and hopefully we can make something happen.
“She’s in a situation where she’s shopping right now. She’s probably talking to Bellator, ONE FC and so on, so we’ll see. For her, I would love to sign her but we’ll just have to wait and see how that all pans out.”
Sefo, who created the 155-pound division specifically for two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison, believes Cyborg can thrive at lightweight due to the lack of a strenuous weight cut.
“I’ve seen some of the “Embedded” stuff that she was on and it looks like she’s suffering when cutting weight. So her at 155 [pounds] would be very dangerous,” Sefo said.
“Listen, ultimately that’s her decision and at some point, that decision is going to be made. I think everybody is looking forward to where she ends up.”
Harrison has not been shy about wanting Cyborg to join her in the venture-backed organization, calling out the former UFC featherweight champion a multitude of times.
“Absolutely. Come on down, Cris,” Harrison told MMA Fighting. “It would be great. Listen, whether or not she loses to Amanda [Nunes], she’s still one of the greatest and to be the greatest, you’ve got to beat one of the greatest. So I’m happy to take that fight on, I’m happy to climb that mountain and take on that challenge.
“Right now, I’m going to focus on winning this season and hopefully Cris decides to slide on over to the PFL.”
Report: MMA Fighting