Cris Cyborg has long been viewed as the top female fighter in the world.
After achieving the gold belt in the UFC, though, Cyborg has been met with more obstacles in terms of her outside-the-Octagon career.
Now, with talks between Cyborg, the reigning UFC featherweight champion, and Amanda Nunes, the bantamweight titleholder, hitting a wall, the Brazilian is actually discussing her final days of competing for the promotion.
“Friday, last week, I talked to the UFC, and I said I wanted to fight, that I’m ready to fight,” Cyborg said during an interview with Combate News (thanks to MMAjunkie for the quotes). “I’ve been training, ready, and I want to fight. They offered me September, the 8th, in Dallas, to fight Amanda. I said that’s fine. I’ll fight. I’ve been training. I’m ready. A champion has to be ready all the time.
“Then on Monday they said (she) didn’t accept Sept. 8. Then I said I wanted to fight anyway. I want to fight. I don’t want to be idle. And then Amanda sent the picture, saying she accepted the fight on Dec. 29.”
Cyborg topped Yana Kunitskaya back in March to improve to 5-0 with the UFC and 20-1 overall. She claims three dates with Nunes have fallen through now.
“It’s the same as someone arriving at your house, knocking at your door and asking you to throw down, and then they say, ‘Wait, I need one year to prepare,’” Cyborg said. “When you do that, you have to be ready for when the fight happens. But then to need six months to prepare, one year? I think it’s disrespectful toward me, to wait one year for a person to be ready. I have no problem with fighting Amanda on Dec. 29. She wants time to be ready. But I believe I could fight before that, not wait all this time. Especially because we get paid when we fight.”