For all her prior words expressing displeasure, Cris Cyborg still knows which side of her bread is buttered. That’s the side of the UFC, of course, because what’s the point of being hailed as the best female featherweight fighter in the world if someone else less worthy (like Germaine de Randamie) has the belt?
Cyborg spoke to MMAFighting about what the future may hold for her, and wisely, that vision of things to come involved the Octagon.
It’s still unclear if the former Invicta FC and Strikeforce champion will in fact compete at UFC 214, but she is still 100 percent confident — and willing to fight anyone.
“My next step is to stay focused, training to finish my contract with the UFC,” Cyborg said. “After that, I’ll know what my next steps will be. (…) I want to finish my contract. Whoever they put in front of me, I’ll fight.
“I’d like to fight someone who’s ranked in my weight division, someone like Megan Anderson, but there’s no ranking anymore. To come off a win doesn’t mean you will get the opportunity to fight for the belt.”
Asked to clarify what she means with “finishing her contract”, Cyborg, whose UFC deal expires in October, explained that her goal is to stay in the company.
“I’d like to stay in the UFC, but working together,” Cyborg said. “I believe I deserve to be respected as an athlete because I’m a pioneer in this sport.”