Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ has announced that she’s turning her back on plans to fight at bantamweight, potentially snuffing out hopes of a superfight with Ronda Rousey in the process.
‘Cyborg’ had revealed just a few months ago that after initially being reluctant she had finally decided to cut down to the 135lb limit and would make her divisional debut at a future Invicta FC event.
However, thing haven’t worked out and after postponing her debut recently she’s now decided against continuing to pursue a fight in the bantamweight division.
“I can’t. From now on, I will only fight at my weight or in a catchweight,” Cyborg told the Tatame site in her native Brazil. “I haven’t fought in a long time and that’s why I want to go back to my division.”
‘Cyborg’s’ overriding goal in dropping down a division had been to secure a fight with Rousey in the UFC at a later date, and the fact that she had made an appearance at UFC On FOX 13 this past Saturday night had briefly raised hopes that a deal between the two parties could be struck.
However, ‘Cyborg’s’ latest comments this week suggests that’s not the case.
“I realized I’m the only one making an effort for this fight to happen,” ‘Cyborg’ said. “I believe both should make an effort.”
Both Dana White and Rousey have been adamant in the past that they are not interested in the fight taking place at anything other than 135lbs, so it’s unlikely that they will change their minds for the time being, though with fresh contenders for the current champ being in short supply there’s always a chance the idea could be revisited at a later date.
In the mean time ‘Cyborg’ has now set her sights back on the featherweight division and hopes to defend her Invicta title in february.