Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg answered Katie Taylor’s recent call about boxing’s pound-for-pound No. 1 woman.
Cyborg made her boxing debut earlier this year against Simone Silva, winning a unanimous decision in Brazil. She took a break from her featherweight title reign in Bellator to pursue the boxing side of combat sports.
Cyborg and Taylor were linked to a possible fight in December earlier this year, although nothing has been announced yet. Taylor expressed her desire to fight Cyborg ahead of her fight with Karen Carabajal this weekend.
Cyborg is in the middle of negotiations with Bellator about her contract, and it seems she is open to other boxing opportunities. Now, she has the freedom to follow the big stage in boxing through Taylor.
Cris Cyborg Calls Katie Taylor Fight In “Dream” Matchup
During a recent interview with Henry Cejudo, Cyborg answered Taylor’s call.
“Whatever you do, you want to be the best at what you do. I can start saying, ‘No boxing early,’ but if I get a chance to fight for the belt… Like Katie Taylor. She called me yesterday. She fought, she won. Congratulations,” Cyborg said. “She said if the fans want to watch this fight. If you want to watch this fight, I will be willing to do it. I’m excited to get my name out there…I know I’ve done a lot in MMA, but for me it’s a dream. I will work hard. Of course it won’t be easy, but I will try my best.”
The Cyborg/Taylor fight will continue to put Cyborg’s Bellator title on hold. She is expected to face former UFC title challenger Cat Zingano in her next fight.
Cyborg last defended the belt against Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 279 in April. She won the title against Julia Budd at Bellator 238 and has defended it four times.
Taylor beat Amanda Serrano earlier this year in a one-two pound-for-pound match. It is considered one of the greatest fights in the history of women’s boxing.
The timeline for the Cyborg vs. Taylor match is uncertain, though it seems both sides are eager to see the fight through to a win.
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