Cris Cyborg has revealed that she will begin a new chapter in her mixed martial arts journey after her somewhat acrimonious split from the UFC this month.
It truly was the story that shadowed the entire build-up to UFC 240 earlier this month.
UFC president Dana White has never been one to back down upon being publicly challenged by one of his rostered fighters and in the case of Cris Cyborg, the resulting exchange was one of the fieriest back-and-forths between promoter and athlete that we’ve seen in some time.
In the wake of the event in Edmonton, Dana confirmed that he and the UFC were officially out of the Cyborg business despite the Brazilian picking up an impressive victory over Felicia Spencer in the night’s co-main event.
Speaking in a recent interview with Globo Esporte, the former UFC featherweight champion explained how she is now willing to leave the UFC in the past and move on with her career in what she hopes will be a more positive direction.
“I’m happy to begin a new project. I’ve been through various cycles that have a beginning, a middle and an end.
“There was Invicta, the UFC and now I begin a new cycle. In less than 30 days, I’ll sign my new contract and then I’ll tell where my new home is.
“It’s a secret, but we’re almost there.”
In many ways, the relationship between the UFC and Cyborg has been doomed from day one as a consequence of the controversial comments made by Dana and colour-commentator Joe Rogan in the past, long before Cris would eventually debut for the promotion.
There isn’t a bigger fight in women’s MMA than Nunes/Cyborg II, though.
It’s a fight that could well be the biggest in women’s MMA history and while it would be incredibly unlikely for us to ever see it if what Cyborg says is true, the former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley believes that there is more to this saga that is yet to play out.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena