Cris Cyborg: I'm having to wait 300+ days to fight because of politics
UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg wants to fight. However, the league does not yet have a division. UFC 222 Cyborg's last fight was a win over Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on March 3. The UFC wants to set up a superfight vs. women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 on December 29, but Cyborg doesn't want to wait over 300 days between fights, unless she's compensated.
“The day [Nunes] signed the deal, the UFC reached out to my manager, and then two days before, they asked me to fight Amanda Nunes on Sept. 8th,” said Cyborg during an appearance on MMA Tonight on SiriusXM Fight Nation, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I said, ‘Yes, I’m ready. I want to fight.’ After that, they contacted us and said Amanda cannot fight in September, she wants to fight in December.
“For me to wait for a fight for nine months, I’m not getting paid since this last fight against Yana Kunitskaya. I don’t think it’s fair to wait for nine months to fight. I can fight! I don’t have any injuries. I’m healthy, I can fight, and just because Amanda isn’t ready. I would like to fight before. I would like to fight her but if she’s not ready, if she cannot fight now, I would like to fight before. Or if they want me to sit down nine months, I think it has to be worth it.”
“Before Dana White gave the belt to Ronda, I was already the champion in my division, 145, and I think all my fans know what I deal with every day. Like with Ronda or other fights, it’s all politics. I’m the champion a long time, 12 years undefeated, and if a fight doesn’t happen with girls like this, it’s politics. You can see how it’s politics because I’m ready to fight now and I have to wait nine months and you can see Colby Covington, they’re gonna take his belt - and he got the belt 45 days ago - because Woodley is ready to fight and [Colby] said he’s not ready so they took the belt. This is an example of how politics works.”
“I still have a lot of things left in my career. I have two fights left in the UFC and I hope this works well. I have a dream fight boxing fight and I am for sure gonna fight a boxing fight. If it’s not gonna be the UFC, maybe I’ll fight Julia Budd in Bellator. I think I have a lot of doors I can fight. Maybe I could do a Grand Prix, more than one fight per day in Japan. A lot of things can happen. I don’t think this is the finish of my career, this is just one more challenge in my career. I’ve already overcome a lot of things in my career, and if I don’t fight in the UFC anymore, for sure I’m gonna find other ways to keep growing my legacy.”