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Cris Cyborg keeping future combat sports plans quiet, but UFC return out of question: ‘That chapter is closed’

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Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion. Cris Cyborg does not plan to return to the promotion unless it changes the way business is done.

Cyborg, the reigning Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion, is on the verge of making her debut in professional boxing against Simone Silva in Brazil at Fight Music Show 2 on September 25. The bout will be the second combat sports competition for Cyborg in 2022 after her win by unanimous decision over Arlene Blancow at Bellator 279 to defend her aforementioned title. This is something Cyborg has wanted to do for years and announced her intentions in a post-fight press conference after defeating Blancow in April.

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However, it is unclear what lies behind her first entry into the boxing ring. As the current Bellator champion, Cyborg is unsure how long her involvement with the promotion will last. Although she is confident that a return to the UFC is not in sight, judging by the way business is currently being run.

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“This chapter is closed,” Cyborg told MMA Junkie. “They really don’t want to put on the fights they want me to do and they really don’t want to pay the fighters. So if they start paying the fighters then maybe we can sit down but I think I need to think about my future and not just think about my ego.”

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Cyborg, 37, last competed under the promotion banner at UFC 240 on July 27, 2019 in the co-main event against Felicia Spencer. At the time, it was a rebound in the winning column for Cyborg, who entered the fight straight after losing a title shot to Amanda Nunes eight months ago. Cyborg wanted to return with Nunes after defeating Spencer, but the promotion had other plans and the two sides went their separate ways.

Having won the Bellator title in her debut promotion in 2020, Cyborg has since defended it four times. A new opponent in Cat Zingano could be the next title shot, but Cyborg doesn’t believe her potential opponent really wants that fight.

A PFL cross-promotion bout against Kayla Harrison was often discussed, but beyond public offers from promotionCyborg has yet to sit down and talk to them for real.

For now, Cyborg seems to be holding her next move close to her chest, promising more news following her boxing debut.

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The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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