There is one UFC star who is planning to make a big career change.
UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is looking to make that change and it will come outside of the UFC.
As seen in the main event of UFC 222 event on pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cyborg successfully retained her title against newcomer Yana Kunitskaya by picking up a TKO win in the first round.
Now, it appears that a champion vs. champion clash between Cyborg and UFC women's bantamweight bout Amanda Nunes is just a matter of time from being made official.
As a result of this latest win, not only did she add to her legacy but she was able to record her second consecutive successful defense of her women’s featherweight title.
Cyborg wants to make the transition from MMA to boxing. 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.
For those who may not know, the current UFC champion’s contract with the promotion is set to expire in the near future.
She plans to fight out her UFC contract that has two fights left on it and then make the move to boxing for a potential bout with female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.
“I want to fight boxing,” Cyborg said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “After the two fights, I want to go to fight boxing and I want the to fight the world champ Cecilia Brooks or it can be [top welterweight contender Layla] McCarter, and maybe after that I can come back for MMA. But I would like to fight in a boxing fight and I want to fight now because now it’s viable.”
“She went to my camp for Holly Holm,” Cyborg said of Braekhus. “She went to my camp. I don’t have anything against her. ... She’s from boxing, I’m from MMA and I think I can go over there and do — I don’t know if I can be champion in boxing, but I can do the best I can. I can make history, and I think if I train for six months or four months boxing, I can do great.”
“Nothing against her, but she’s already asking to fight me last year,” Cyborg said. “This is last year before McGregor fought Mayweather she asked to fight me. And after McGregor fought with Mayweather, I thought it may be possible, maybe a dream come true. I think I can take the opportunity, maybe I can do this next year.”
“I know I’m going to have a lot of options, I can’t say now because there are too many contracts,” Cyborg said. “I think the people want to know how my fans like to watch my fights. I do big numbers on a lot of channels and then I think they’re really happy. And if I go to the boxing, I think they’re going to appreciate my work. And I love fights when people appreciate what I am doing.”