Former Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg recently announced that she had relinquished her Invicta featherweight title, and would be competing full-time in the UFC’s newly formed featherweight division after Cyborg was cleared by USADA in regards to her potential anti-doping violation.
“If [Germaine de Randamie] is not healthy enough to fight at UFC 214 in Anaheim, I don’t want an interim belt. When the UFC asked me last January to fight her for the belt, I explained to them I would, but needed a March date because my body was still recovering from two weight cuts to 140lbs. So I know what it is like to want to accept the fight, but needing additional time to heal.
“After recently vacating my Invicta 145-pound belt, I also know what it is like to have a world championship that you want to defend and not being given the opportunity to do so.”
“I am ranked #1 in the world by both ESPN and Fox Sports at 145 and don’t need a belt to tell the fans I am number 1 in the world. They know I have not lost in 10 years.”
Now, in a surprising announcement, Cyborg has taken to social media to call for the UFC to either book her a fight, or release her so she can fight in another promotion.
— #UFC222 CyborgNation (@criscyborg) April 14, 2017
As Cyborg’s post stated, it has been two weeks since her manager called UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby about a fight, and in that time, Cyborg has not heard anything back.
Cris Cyborg made her highly anticipated UFC debut last year, fighting Leslie Smith at a catchweight of 140 pounds, earning a quick sub-90 second TKO win. In her next UFC fight, Cyborg fought striking phenom Lina Lansberg, where she picked up another TKO win. In both cases, Cyborg endured a brutal weight cut, causing her to take some time off.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/15/2017.