What options remain for UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg?

Cris Cyborg wants to test free agency following UFC 240 fight

Cris Cyborg is set to return to the Octagon in the co-main event of UFC 240 against Felicia Spencer. There, it will be a non-title fight and the last fight on Cyborg’s UFC contract. With her contract coming to a close and the future of the women’s featherweight division up in the air, the former champ wants to test free agency after her bout.

“I want to see other promoters, see how much value I have,” Cyborg said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I think it’s cool to see that before you can hear anything that you don’t have value. Let’s see. Let’s see what another promoter has to say.”

Cyborg, as mentioned, is coming off of a knockout loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 to lose her title. There, it was a shocking loss as many thought Cyborg would remain the champion and continue to reign over the division. Ultimately, the 33-year-old is prepared to see what other organizations offer her, where Bellator could be a logical fit given their featherweight division has a ton of talent.

“The opportunity is coming and I have the opportunity to see my value with other promoters,” Cyborg added.

Ultimately, for Cyborg it is all about the right fit and fighting the right fights. Although this is her last fight on her deal, it doesn’t mean she is guaranteed to leave the UFC. Rather she is still interested in fighting Amanda Nunes regardless of what UFC President, Dana White says.

“Funny, I was at home and watching the press conference and I cannot believe Dana White said that,” Cyborg said.

In the end, she is focusing on Felicia Spencer and her fight at UFC 240. She knows she has what it takes to get back into the win column and hand the Canadian her first loss as a pro and enter free agency on a win.

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