Cris Cyborg turns to boxing after Bellator 279 win


HONOLULU — Cris Cyborg has been talking about it for years, but now she thinks it might finally be time to put the wheels in motion.

Following her Bellator 279 title defense win over Arlene Blencowe, Cyborg (25-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) expressed interest in making her professional boxing debut next, her dream for some time.

“For me, my next fight, I would love to do a boxing fight,” Cyborg told MMA Junkie at a post-fight press conference. “It was one of my dreams. It might be the next one I’m working on. I do not know. I don’t know who will be next or who Bellator will put ahead of me – Cat Zingano, Amanda Nunes, Kayla Harrison. I love being (on) the big shows for my fans and enjoying every time I step in for the title.

“…I coached and coached boxing for a fight. I’m looking for a fight. I did everything. I wrestled. I did jiu-jitsu. I did a Muay Thai fight. It’s the only one I haven’t done, it’s boxing. It’s one of my dreams. »

Cyborg confirmed that talks have already been initiated for his jump into combat sports. She could see herself doing it at 155 pounds or 147 pounds.

Regardless of when, where and who, Bellator president Scott Coker said in a post-fight press conference that he would allow Cyborg to fight if she wanted to. In fact, it’s in her contract that she can do it.

“I think it will really be up to her,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “I’m going to be honest with you and I don’t want to go into too much detail, but we’ve always had an agreement with her that she can box at any time in our contract with her. She (could) box whatever it is. a year ago or eight months ago She always had the ability to box in her deal.

Bellator 279 took place Saturday at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center as part of a two-night doubleheader for the promotion at the same venue.

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