Cris Cyborg finished her Bellator contract on April 23.
But CEO Scott Coker said on The MMA Hour that he isn’t going to keep it that way.
“She’s actually in the matching period of her contract, but she and I have a very good relationship, and I told her, ‘Go train and do your fight and [everything] during this period of time, and when you come back from Brazil, let’s sit down and make a deal,’” Coker told Ariel Helwani.
“I have every intention to have her on our roster, it’s just we have to sit down and hammer out the deal.
“That’s something I feel we will get done when she gets back from Brazil, I think in the middle of the month. But I feel the relationship is solid, and we’ll be in the Cyborg business for many years to come.”
Cyborg arrived in Bellator in January 2020.
Ever since then – like the majority of her pro career – she’s emerged victorious. She has appeared under the Bellator banner five times and has won all of them.
In her last contest, she defeated Arlene Blencowe by unanimous decision, which was a rematch.
But Cyborg most recently tried her hand at boxing on September 25. She won that by unanimous decision against Simone Silva.
However, Coker could find it difficult to convince her to stay as there are only six women in the featherweight division.
One fight that has been often discussed is one bout against Cat Zingano, but that has yet to happen.
“There’s a couple girls out there, Leah McCourt being one, but in the past we’ve had to revisit some fights and run it back,” Coker said when asked about rematches for Cyborg.
“When you look at Arlene Blencowe’s fight against Cyborg, the second fight was really good, better than the first fight. So to me, there might be some rematches . … There’s Amanda Nunes and the UFC, there’s Kayla [Harrison], there’s Cyborg, and then there’s a handful of girls, but it’s not a weight class where there’s a lot of really high, high-level, like 20 fighters sitting out there waiting to step up. It’s a handful of girls that can really fight at this level.
“So it is tough, but I think she likes boxing, I think she wants to continue boxing. At some point, we’ll sit down and have that conversation, but to me if she wants to box and fight MMA, I think we can keep her busy in both of those arenas where it would be worth it to her.”