In MMA today, clearly the most dominant female fighter in the sport, hands down, is Cristiane Justino, professionally known as Cris Cyborg. With an official record of 16 wins, one loss (her first fight), and one no contest (originally a win but turned into a “no contest” after Cyborg failed a USADA drug test), Cyborg has dominated every woman she’s fought in the MMA cage for over a decade. Some of the MMA fighters who fell to Cyborg include Shayna Baszler, Marloes Coenen, Charmaine Tweet, and the extremely popular Gina Carano.
Cris Cyborg’s dominating performance further cemented her legacy as the best female MMA fighter in the world today, but it probably hindered any other UFC women fighters to signing the dotted line to fight her. Because of this, Cyborg is sitting on the sidelines waiting for someone to step up. Reportedly, a female fighter is stepping up but she isn’t a UFC fighter. Decorated champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus has called out Cris Cyborg in a boxing fight.
The news was first announced on Norwegian news outlet Nettavisen via loose translation through Low Kick. Though Cecilia Brækhus called out Cris Cyborg, in reality, Cyborg actually contacted Brækhus for the potential fight asking how much U.S. women can make in the sport. Brækhus provided the following statement below pertaining to the fantasy fight (Note: Grammar has been corrected for easier reading).
“There have been rumors that she would like to go over to boxing for a while, for no one would meet her in the UFC. I also think she is looking to top her career with a big fight that will create tremendous attention throughout the world, a fight between her and me would.
“It seems that I have a mandatory fight against the winner of Lauren and Svensson, so a fight against Cyborg is the earliest in 2017. But it is good for her too because then she can train boxing.
“It will be gigantic, both in Europe and the United States. Both boxing and MMA audiences will follow.”
Ultimately, a boxing fight between Cris Cyborg and Cecilia Brækhus will be a fantasy match for both boxing and MMA fans. However, most of Cyborg’s fans want to see her fight Ronda Rousey to settle the score, once and for all, who truly is the best female MMA fighter in the sport today.
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