Cris Cyborg wants to test her skills anew as rumors are swirling that she is extending a challenge to UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate for a champion vs. champion matchup. If both the fighters agree, it could be staged on UFC 205 in New York City.
Cris Cyborg, known as Cristiane Justino Venancio, is the current Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion and after signing with the UFC back in March has always wanted to pursue a title inside the Octagon. It was noted that Cyborg wants to fight former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but if the UFC is unable to book the fight, she will extend her challenge to Tate.
Cyborg was reacting to the statement made by Tate in a recent interview with MMA Fighting where she stated that it would be “cool” to fight Cyborg and be the one to overcome the power that the Brazilian has to offer. Tate is in the final stages of her preparations for her scheduled meeting with Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 slated on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I think it would be really cool to fight Cyborg, honestly,” Tate said. “Like to really see what it’s like to be in there with someone with her power. … I’ll be the first to admit, physically I think I would be at a disadvantage, but I think that I can be the one to prove that I have the heart, the durability, the determination and the willpower — and technique — to overcome that kind of challenge. And that intrigues me. That would be very rewarding to me.”
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However, the only condition for the fight to happen is Tate or Cyborg agreeing to fight at a catchweight. Tate fights in the 135 lbs. while Cyborg is very much comfortable at the 140 lbs. category. Tate believes that for the fight to happen it should be a title fight and Cyborg must come into her terms and if the UFC would allow such weight catch.
“I don’t know how that works. I’m not Conor McGregor. He has like his own set of rules. I’m not really sure. I wouldn’t be opposed to it. But I think it would be better if we did make it a title fight. At some point, if that comes down and it’s allowed, like of course,” Tate added.
Tate also explained that she is confused on Cyborg’s status with the UFC because of her Invicta title, she wonders if she would remain permanently with the UFC or go back to Invicta to defend her featherweight crown. In addition, it would not be wise for Cyborg to cut down on her weight to make the weight catch, though she has proven with her 140 lbs. match against Leslie Smith at UFC 198.
It would be an exciting match to see as it would a defining moment for Tate. It could also be the toughest match which she will face. The match will also be tough for Cyborg as health issues will be a factor if she moves down to catch the weight class. But for both fighters, it would be a career defining moment if the UFC agrees on the fight and the weight catch as well.
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But Cyborg will have to wait first as Tate is not yet out of the bushes as she has to face Nunes, who also vowed to snag the title from her at UFC 200, which will feature them as co-main events to the Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt heavyweight division match. The night will also seen a UFC light heavyweight unification bout pitting Daniel Cormier against Jon Jones.
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