BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – For those who are interested in where the feathery big Cris Cyborg appears next time, an answer might come sooner rather than later. Bellator President Scott Coker told MMA Fighting that he hopes to force Cyborg into a contract with his promotion shortly, while there is still work to be done.
"It's not nearly complete, but we're definitely in the mix," Coker said after an event that advertises Bellator 225 over the weekend: Mitrione vs.. Kharitonov 2 show. "We think it will be a great addition to our 145 pound weight class, I think their fight [current featherweight champion] Julia Budd would be an amazing event, but it's not over yet, hopefully we'll have news in the next 1
It was not long before Coker signaled his initial interest in cyborg. A few minutes after their last victory over Felicia Spencer on July 27, Coker turned on his cell phone to send a congratulatory tweet. However, given the context of the situation, the significance of the post went beyond a simple compliment. By this time, Cyborg had announced that they would be challenging their contract for the free-agent market, and Coker, who along with the note published a photograph of them made it clear that they existed Some thought a goodbye.
On Thursday, Coker confirmed to MMA Fighting that Bellator had received a letter stating that the UFC had renounced an exclusive negotiation window with Cyborg and opened the door for discussion to bring them into the ring.
] Nevertheless, he has competition. Cyborg is in high demand worldwide, and other organizations, including ONE and Rizin, may be interested in their services. Cyborg was once considered the best fighter in the world and was finally dethroned in December last year. Amanda Nunes lost with a defeat that ended a winning streak of 20 fights. She recovered with a unanimous decision victory over Spencer on her return last month.
While Cyborg publicly expressed interest in a Nunes rematch, UFC President Dana White claimed she did not really want to go through the fight and continue a story. As a result of these recent remarks, Cyborg referred to White as a "bully" and hoped to join her career to continue a promoter who gives her more respect. She and Coker were in business from April 2009 to December 2011 when Cyborg fought five times under the banner of Strikeforce. More recently, Cyborg told Brazilian retailer Globo Esporte that it hoped to sign a new contract by 9 September so that it would be within reach of Coker's window.
I feel like her and I've always had a good bond and a good relationship. I hope she fights Bellator in the next fight.
Cyborg is represented by Paradigm Sports Management, which has fighters including James Gallagher, Michael Page, and Dillon Danis, who compete against each other in Bellator.
When Cyborg signs with Bellator, she is expected to go straight into a title fight with Budd, who has defeated eleven straight wins, including three consecutive title defenses.
Meanwhile, Coker also said he had an interest in talking to longtime contender Cat Zingano, who was recently sacked by the UFC untuck four of her last five fights. However, a decision was made on Ketlen Vieira, the current number 2, and a bizarre finish when Zingano hit a toe on Megan Anderson's kick and was unable to continue.
Coker said he did not receive confirmation that she was exempted from her UFC deal (since there are some matching windows or other clauses), but otherwise agrees to consider the option of adding Zingano, which is capable to combat both bantam weights and featherweight.
"We have to make sure, but if it's completely free, then we should have a conversation," he said.