Cris Cyborg has been tirelessly lobbying the UFC for a fight at her natural weight of 145 pounds since she signed with the company. As she steamrolled through yet another opponent at UFC Brasilia, proving her dominance as the most feared woman fighter on the planet, it’s easy to forget that to fight in the UFC Cyborg must go through an incredibly harsh weight cut to the catchweight of 140 pounds.
The UFC’s refusal to have her bouts at 145, where she's the Invicta champion, have led many to call for a change in the women's divisions.
Which makes recent comments from Dana White all the more intriguing…
Appearing on UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton & Matt Serra, the UFC president dropped quite the bombshell. White revealed that Cyborg has actually turned down not one, but two opponents for a 145-pound title fight.
What’s crazy about that, is this. I offered Cris Cyborg a title fight at 145lbs a month ago. She had eight weeks to get ready for it. She said she couldn’t make the weight. She couldn’t make a 145lbs. So then I offer her another 145lb fight for Brooklyn, she turned it down. She turned down two 145lb title fights. One, because she couldn’t make 145lbs in eight weeks and Joe Silva is like ‘if she can’t make 145lbs in eight weeks, 145lbs isn’t the right weight class for her either’.
First we offered her the fight against Holly holm, then we offered her a fight against Germaine.
The revelation seems to contradict everything that Cyborg has recently been saying. The current #Invicta champion has given an ultimatum to the UFC, alleging that she will only remain with the promotion if they open up a women’s featherweight division.
Taking to twitter, Cyborg was quick to dispel the idea that she was turning down fights, instead citing the side effects from her brutal cut to 140lbs as the potential problem with making 145lbs in eight weeks.
Her future weight class in the UFC is yet to be decided. Who knows, perhaps 2017 will finally be the year of the long awaited women's featherweight division.