Cris Cyborg is letting it be known that she is ready to return to MMA action. Having her last Mixed Martial Arts bout at Bellator 300 in San Diego Cris Cyborg successfully defended her Bellator MMA Championship with a 1st round KO victory over Cat Zingano which was the first fight on a new multi-fight contract.
Following her victory over Cat Zingano with no quarter one dates scheduled for her to compete, Cris Cyborg booked a boxing bout to take place against the #3 ranked female boxer in the USA. After successfully securing a first round KO victory, Cyborg accepted an opportunity to face Kayla Harrison in Feb, only to discover the female fighter had signed with the UFC and would be facing Holly Holm at UFC 300 instead of Cyborg in the PFL.
Looking to remain active, Cyborg quickly turned her attention to Leah McCourt who was brought into the cage at Bellator 300 to challenge Cyborg immediately after the champions victory in San Diego. Despite all of the positioning from Cyborg and Leah in an effort to make the fight happen, Leah McCourt will be rematching Sinead Kavanagh, while Cyborg will remain sidelined without a fight.
I’m 39 years old in July.
You can’t put me on the shelf, stop me from competing MMA for 9-10 months and then force me back against an opponent 10 years younger when I’m healthy, and ready to compete.
I’ve agreed to fight @lpacchec Why can’t a fight be made March, April, May?…
— CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) February 5, 2024
With rumors of Usman Nurmagomedov, and Liz Carmouche already having Bellator MMA bouts scheduled, it appears Cyborg will be skipped from the rotation of fighting champions for Bellator MMA, with a rumored summer MMA return against a matchup of PFL champion Larissa Pacheco. Cyborg who last fought in Oct. took to Social Media to voice her concerns, appearing to not appreciate the fact she would be sidelined for 9-10 moths without a chance to compete in MMA despite multiple bouts still remaining on original agreeement with Bellator MMA.