Many are wondering when we will see Cris Cyborg make her way back to the Octagon to defend the UFC women’s featherweight title.
Cyborg won the women’s 145-pound belt in July after the promotion stripped the title from the inaugural champion, Germaine de Randamie, after she refused to fight Cyborg who was the number one contender at the time. Cyborg met former Invicta bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 after de Randamie was stripped of the title where Cyborg was able to stop Evinger in the third round by TKO to win the vacant title.
Following the championship win, Cyborg has campaigned for a fight against former UFC women’s bantamweight chamion Holly Holm. Holm went up to 145 to challenge de Randamie for the innaugural title, which ended with a bit of controversy as the fight went to the judges. Holm last fought at 135, snapping her three-fight losing streak with a viscious head kick KO over former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111.
Most recently, Cyborg tweeted that she cancelled a meeting with the UFC after finding out that they were offering to pay her less than what she made in her fight against Evinger.
Dana White spoke about the status of the Cyborg and Holm fight at the UFC 216 post-fight press conference on Saturday night. The UFC President said he feels like he will work things out with both Cyborg and Holm to make the fight happen.
“Yeah, yeah, I think we’ll get it done,” White said (transcribed by Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting). “It’s not done yet. I can never predict what’s gonna happen, but I think we’ll get it done. Soon.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/9/2017.