Cris Cyborg poses with all of the championship belts she has won over her career. Photo Credit: Instagram - @criscyborg

Cris Cyborg says she wants to compete in boxing next: “This is one of my dreams”

Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg says she wants to do a boxing match next, saying that “this is one of my dreams.”

Cyborg defeated Arlene Blencowe via unanimous decision in the main event of Bellator 279. It was an incredible fight as Cyborg showed off a complete skillset and took it to Blencowe over the course of five rounds, but the challenger was a warrior who was impossible to put away. In the end, it was Cyborg who won the fight by decision, and at this point, there aren’t many challenges left for her.

Cyborg has accomplished almost everything that she can in MMA, having won titles in four major organizations. That’s why she is now looking at challenges outside of the steel cage and considering a boxing match next. Following Bellator 279, Cyborg was asked what she thinks is next for her, and she said that she would like to reach one of her dreams and step into the ring for a boxing match.

“For me, my next fight, I’d like to do a boxing fight. This is one of my dreams. Maybe it’s going to be the next one, I’ve been working on (it),” Cyborg said.

Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed with the media following the event that Cyborg has a clause in her contract where she can box, something which Cyborg also confirmed to reporters.

“Yes, I’ve been talking to my manager about it, and he’s probably been talking to Bellator,” Cyborg said.

Explaining why boxing is her dream, Cyborg mentioned the fact she has competed in so many other martial arts disciplines previously, and boxing is the only one she hasn’t tried out yet.

“I’d like for maybe the next one (be boxing). I’ve been training boxing, continuing training boxing, and maybe for one fight. I’m looking for one fight. I’ve done everything. I did wrestling, I did jiu-jitsu, I did a muay Thai fight, the only one I didn’t do is boxing. It is one of my dreams,” Cyborg said, mentioning she could fight at either 154lbs or 147lbs in boxing.

Do you want to see Cris Cyborg fight in a boxing match next, and who do you want to see her fight in the ring if she does indeed cross over to boxing?

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