Another high profile fighter is looking to get into the boxing game.
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor created this trend, which later led to a boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has talked about getting into the sport. Now, current UFC women’s featherweight champion is considering a transition from MMA (mixed martial arts) to boxing.
Cyborg recently applied for and was granted a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
The UFC champion is planning to box in the 154-pound, junior middleweight division of women’s boxing. On a side note, she was also granted a federal boxing ID by the commission.
Cyborg captured the UFC title following a dominating third-round TKO victory over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in July. Cyborg is truly the most dangerous female fighter in the world as she has not lost an MMA fight since 2005. Since then, she has finished every opponent by knockout of TKO going back to 2008.
Cyborg continues to enjoy the spoils of being champion while being 3-0 in her UFC run and staying undefeated since her pro debut loss. This leads us to the question whether or not this leads to a boxing match similar to lightweight champion is yet to be seen, and it will be interesting to see where this leads.
What interesting is due to the fact that all comes after some footage emerged a short while ago of her training with Olympic gold medalist and the IBF and WBC female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields. Shields was quick to congratulate her on Twitter.
It seems like every few months there is a new MMA fighter who is considering jumping to the boxing world. Although there are a lot of fight fans who are tired of hearing about it, the chances of it happening are pretty good with the potential launch of Zuffa Boxing set to emerge in 2018.
She is slated to defend her title against former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 219. During the media conference call (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting) to hype this upcoming fight, Cyborg claimed that she would like to do one boxing fight.
“I love to compete. I was competing when I was 12-years-old. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but you learn,” she said. I like to compete in everything I like to compete in jiu-jitsu, I like to compete in wrestling and Muay Thai, and if I have a chance to compete in boxing one day, why not? I think when you train in just one sport separately you learn more.
“Dana knows that. I told him if I had an opportunity like McGregor to do one boxing fight, yeah I would like to do that. I love my job, I love to fight and I love to compete,” said Cyborg. I don’t want to end my career and think about why I didn’t do it. I want to do it. I must train hard and do what I have in front of me when they have an opportunity for me.”