With summer fast approaching, free agency season is almost here in both the NBA and the NHL.
Free agency is also nearing for former UFC, INVICTA and Strikeforce Featherweight titleholder Cris Cyborg, whose contract with the UFC is lapsing after her July 27 fight during UFC 240.
That night, Cyborg (real name Cris Justino) is scheduled to fight Felicia Spencer during the card.
Her impending free agency brings with it the same questions that an NBA or NHL player’s free agency bid has, most notably, the question of what will be next for the former champion.
In short, nothing is set in stone for Cyborg other than her next MMA match, date, and opponent.
ESPN reported on Monday that following the fight at UFC 240, Cyborg and the UFC will have exclusivity over retention talks at the outset of her free agency.
Cyborg was a guest on Monday’s episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, where she discussed her run at free agency publicly for the first time, and was quoted as saying:
“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.”
During the program, Cyborg also noted that she might aim for a career in pro wrestling.
She had attended the recent All Elite Wrestling Double or Nothing pay-per-view event and also expressed regret that she and Ronda Rousey, who is currently in World Wrestling Entertainment as a part-time competitor (but currently on hiatus) never met in an MMA match.
Furthermore, Cyborg also challenged current Monday Night RAW women’s champion Becky Lynch (real name Rebecca Quin) almost two years ago to a match at the 2017 SummerSlam event with this caveat:
Lynch and Cyborg would have competed in a match if Cyborg won in UFC 214, the same night that Lynch was scheduled to compete in a WWE house show (WWE non-televised event) in Detroit.
Cyborg scored the Women’s Featherweight title that night, yet the wrestling match never did take place.
Although rival MMA promotion Bellator does have a women’s featherweight division, I personally want to see Cris Cyborg try her luck as a wrestler.
We’ve already seen Ronda Rousey successfully cross over from MMA to sports entertainment.
In the process, she captured the RAW women’s championship before losing it to Lynch in the main event of WrestleMania, a triple threat match between them and Charlotte Flair for the RAW and SmackDown Live women’s titles.
As an MMA and wrestling fan, I would love nothing more than for this to happen.
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