Going into last weekend’s UFC 240, one of the storylines surrounding the event was the impending free agency of Women’s Featherweight contender Cris Cyborg (21-2, one no-contest.) Less than a week later, Cyborg, who had exclusive talks concerning contract retention with the UFC at the outset of her free agency period, has now been let go from her pact with the UFC.
Cyborg fought on July 27 against Felicia Spencer in the UFC 240 co-main event on pay-per-view, winning by decision.
UFC president Dana White was quoted on Thursday as saying:
“I’m gonna release her from her contract. I will not match any offers, she is free and clear to go to Bellator or any other organizations and fight these easy fights that she wants. Done. Done deal.”
White continued with:
“I will literally, today, have my lawyers draft a letter to her team that she is free and clear to go wherever she wants. We’re out of the Cyborg business.”
Cyborg leaves the UFC having won four of her last five fights. In a June appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Cyborg discussed her free agency bid for the first time. During the June 10 program, Cyborg said:
“I want to see other promoters, see how much value I have. I think it’s cool to see that before you can hear anything [about] that you don’t have value. Let’s see. Let’s see what another promoter has to say.”
We’ll stay on top of this story and will update you as new information becomes available.
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