Cyborg Reminds Harrison Of Odds In Response To ESPY Nomination?

Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg is taking more shots at PFL multi-time champion Kayla Harrison’s strength of schedule. Cyborg and Harrison have been linked to a potential super fight for months. The matchup looked close to coming to fruition after Harrison was cage-side to watch Cyborg’s Bellator title defense at Bellator 271 last November….

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Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg is taking more shots at PFL multi-time champion Kayla Harrison’s strength of schedule.

Cyborg and Harrison have been linked to a potential super fight for months. The matchup looked close to coming to fruition after Harrison was cage-side to watch Cyborg’s Bellator title defense at Bellator 271 last November.

After Bellator offered Harrison a lucrative deal, the PFL matched it and she is back in the PFL cage for the 2022 season. But that hasn’t stopped Cyborg and Harrison from taking shots at each other from afar.

Harrison was nominated for a 2022 ESPY Award for ‘Best MMA Fighter’ over Cyborg, prompting Cyborg to question the nomination by pointing out the odds in Harrison’s favor.

Harrison will face MMA veteran Kaitlin Young in the PFL 6 main event this Friday night. She was originally supposed to face former Bellator champ, Julia Budd before Budd suffered an injury in camp.

Young has a wealth of experience, but the experience isn’t enough to impress Cyborg as she pointed out in a recent tweet.

“My last opponent was a 2X World Boxing champion who had won her last 8 out of 10 MMA fights,” Cyborg said. “She’s fighting a woman who is 12-12.”

One criticism of Harrison and her MMA career has been her level of competition. Her last three opponents, including most recently Marina Mokhnatkina, have a combined record of 14-7.

At the moment, Cyborg and Harrison don’t seem to be on a collision course anytime soon. But that hasn’t stopped two of the biggest female athletes on the planet from adding to the buildup of a potential future clash.

What are your thoughts on Cris Cyborg’s jab at Kayla Harrison?

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Cat Zingano Calls For Long-Awaited Title Shot At Cris Cyborg After Bellator 282 Win

Cat Zingano, Cris Cyborg, Bellator 282Cat Zingano has called for a shot against Bellator MMA champion Cris Cyborg. This past Friday, Cat Zingano extended her win streak to three with a dominant performance against Pam Sorenson at Bellator 282. The women’s featherweight contest took place on the preliminary card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Although Zingano had a […]

Cat Zingano, Cris Cyborg, Bellator 282

Cat Zingano has called for a shot against Bellator MMA champion Cris Cyborg.

This past Friday, Cat Zingano extended her win streak to three with a dominant performance against Pam Sorenson at Bellator 282. The women’s featherweight contest took place on the preliminary card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Although Zingano had a point docked for an illegal knee, she would adjust her game plan accordingly to secure the victory.

Cat Zingano reflects on Bellator 282 performance

At the post-fight press conference, Cat Zingano reflected on her performance and shared her thoughts on what went inside the cage that night.

“I’m happy with the performance,” Zingano told MMA Junkie after the fight. “I feel like I was very dominant. I get (to top position on the canvas) a lot and I stay there a lot, and I feel like I cause a lot of damage. It’s a very comfortable, happy place for me. I feel like I want to be doing more.”

“I feel like I got some really good head kicks off on her and at one point, I watched one land and as I turned away, I just watched her head start dripping. I’m like, ‘Damn, she’s got a chin. That didn’t do anything but cut her.’ I cut her again and I cut her again, and it still wasn’t fazing her. … Once I hurt my knee, it was just top game and try to cut her up and see if I can get a finish from there.”

Zingano wants to fight Cris Cyborg for the title

She expressed her interest in competing against Cris Cyborg for the Bellator women’s featherweight title. ‘Alpha’ believes the long-awaited shot that was brought up multiple times in the past is ready to come to fruition.

“I do (think I should get a title shot),” Zingano said. “I feel like I’ve done a good job moving up the ranks in Bellator and getting the experience. The environment is here. Me and Cyborg are here. We’ve both been talking about each other for quite a while. Putting it together obviously makes a lot of sense.

“I think we have very different styles, and different styles make awesome matchups. I think that’s cool and I think it’ll be interesting. We’re both OGs and we both came from training in the same kind of hard-knocks environments to come up and still figuring it out and making it happen.”

Would you like to see Cat Zingano fight for the title against Cris Cyborg?

Report: Cris Cyborg Vs. Katie Taylor Boxing Match In The Works For Dec.

Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg could be on her way to making her boxing debut against the pound-for-pound No. 1 women’s boxer. According to Sports Illustrated, negotiations are underway for a boxing match in December between Cyborg and the 21-0 Katie Taylor. After the potential fight with Cyborg, Taylor could face a rematch against…

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Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg could be on her way to making her boxing debut against the pound-for-pound No. 1 women’s boxer.

According to Sports Illustrated, negotiations are underway for a boxing match in December between Cyborg and the 21-0 Katie Taylor. After the potential fight with Cyborg, Taylor could face a rematch against Amanda Serrano of their fight from earlier this year.

A formal fight announcement could come in the near future.

Cyborg, following a tumultuous tenure with the UFC, earned the Bellator featherweight title over Julia Budd at Bellator 238. She has gone on to successfully defend her title against Leslie Smith, Sinead Kavanagh, and most recently Arlene Blencowe.

Cyborg earned the UFC’s vacant featherweight title back at UFC 214 in 2017. She ended up being at odds with UFC President Dana White and the brass over her alleged mistreatment and ended up signing with Bellator in free agency.

Cyborg has never competed in the boxing ring but does have a 2-1 record in Muay Thai kickboxing.

Taylor most recently outlasted Serrano in an all-time classic back in April. She holds the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight titles.

Taylor expressed interest in a crossover fight with Cyborg, among others, back in December. She’s also hinted at a potential future fight against former UFC champion and boxing Hall of Famer Holly Holm.

Cyborg could potentially defend her title against Cat Zingano later this year if Zingano earns a win this weekend at Bellator 282. It’s unclear if her next Bellator fight will take place before or after the planned Taylor matchup.

What is your reaction to the in-the-works Cris Cyborg vs. Katie Taylor fight?

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Report | Katie Taylor, Cris Cyborg In Talks For Potential December Boxing Match

Katie TaylorTalks are reportedly underway for a professional boxing match between Olympic gold medalist and undefeated lightweight champion, Bray native, Katie Taylor and undisputed Bellator MMA featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg to take place before the close of this year.  As per an initial report by Sports Illustrated reporter, Chris Mannix, negotiations have taken place for a […]

Katie Taylor

Talks are reportedly underway for a professional boxing match between Olympic gold medalist and undefeated lightweight champion, Bray native, Katie Taylor and undisputed Bellator MMA featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg to take place before the close of this year. 

As per an initial report by Sports Illustrated reporter, Chris Mannix, negotiations have taken place for a professional boxing match between Taylor and Cyborg – also, with the view to a rematch between the Wicklow native and Amanda Serrano in Dublin next year.

“Negotiations are ongoing for @KatieTaylor to face MMA star @CrisCyborg in a boxing, sources told @SINow,” Mannix tweeted. “No deal yet, but the hope is for Taylor to face Cyborg in December – and then move forward with a rematch against Amanda Serrano in Ireland next spring.” 

Headlining in April at Madison Square Garden, decorated Irish puncher, Katie Taylor managed to successfully defend her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles against the aforenoted, Cuba native, Serrano – defeating her in a close, split decision win over the course of 10 gruelling rounds

As for 36-year-old Curitiba native, Cyborg, the former undisputed Strikeforce, Invicta FC, and UFC featherweight champion, managed to lock up her fourth successful defense of the Bellator MMA title back in April to boot at Bellator 279, landing a judging win over Arlene Blencowe in a championship rematch. 

During her Bellator run, Cyborg has landed five consecutive victories, including other wins over Julia Budd, the aforenoted, Blencowe, Leslie Smith, and Taylor’s compatriot, Sinead Kavanagh. 

Katie Taylor has been heralded as the greatest sportsperson Ireland has produced

A five-time boxing World Championships gold medalist, Katie Taylor managed to land gold at the London 2012 summer Olympics in the lightweight category. With her victory over Serrano earlier this year, Taylor landed the title as the best female pound-for-pound boxer on the planet to the consensus.

Cat Zingano Issues Strong Response To Cyborg After USADA Comments

Bellator featherweight Cat Zingano has some strong words for Cris Cyborg in response to comments made about Zingano’s pre- and post-USADA MMA records. At Friday’s Bellator 282, Cat Zingano turned in a unanimous decision victory over Pam Sorenson. With this win, Zingano could very well be in line for a featherweight title shot against Cyborg…

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Bellator featherweight Cat Zingano has some strong words for Cris Cyborg in response to comments made about Zingano’s pre- and post-USADA MMA records.

At Friday’s Bellator 282, Cat Zingano turned in a unanimous decision victory over Pam Sorenson. With this win, Zingano could very well be in line for a featherweight title shot against Cyborg after months of beef between the two of them.

Cyborg was notified of a banned substance during a USADA drug test while in the UFC back in 2016. Since then, she’s been accused of being a cheater by Zingano and other fighters.

Zingano accused Cyborg of dodging drug testing just months ago and she’s been on the attack again recently. During her Bellator 282 pre-fight press conference, Zingano revealed that she wanted independent drug testing if a fight against Cyborg were to be finalized.

After getting word of Zingano’s comments, Cyborg issued a heated response.

“Cat Zingano 9-0 with wins over Miesha and Nunes,” Cyborg said. “Enters USADA in 2015 and goes 1-4 competing. Now she’s 2-0 after leaving USADA and fighting on YouTube Friday night and thinks I care what she wants.”

Zingano Fires Back At Cyborg

During her Bellator 282 post-fight scrum, Zingano was informed of Cyborg’s response to her drug-testing request, which provoked the following response from her.

“Drug testing’s not new to me,” Zingano began. “I’ve been in wrestling since I was in college and working through that. I think she said something like ever since 2014 is when things changed for me, but I don’t know if you remember my life in 2014. That was a really fucked up time.

“So (if) she wants to overlook those kinds of things and think you can walk through those without problems, like, fuck her. I figured out what I’m doing here. I haven’t needed to do the things she’s had to do in order to win. Like, I just work hard, and have the right people, and believe in myself.”

In 2014, Zingano’s husband Mauricio Zingano committed suicide, leaving behind their young son Brayden and leading Cat to suddenly become a single mother. Zingano was victorious in her lone 2014 outing against Amanda Nunes, but she would not pick up another victory in the UFC until 2018 when she defeated Marian Reneau via unanimous decision.

Cyborg most recently dismantled Arlene Blencowe via a unanimous decision at Bellator 279. She earned the Bellator title in her second fight with the promotion after a rocky tenure with the UFC, finishing Julia Budd at Bellator 238.

Independent drug testing isn’t a fixture of Bellator at present. They rely on state athletic commissions for regulation.

The bad blood continues to ramp up between Cyborg and Zingano, and things could reach a climax if the two are able to come to terms on a future bout.

Do you think Cat Zingano is right to request independent drug testing for a matchup with Cris Cyborg?

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Ali Abdelaziz Shuts Down Kayla Harrison-Cris Cyborg Fight Talks: “Nobody Gives A Sh*t”

Ali Abdelaziz, Kayla Harrison, Cris CyborgKayla Harrison’s manager Ali Abdelaziz does not believe a potential showdown against Cris Cyborg is the way to go. Going undefeated in her professional career, the two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison has been dominating the competition in the organization. The 31-year-old racked up 13 wins in the PFL and has been touted as the greatest […]

Ali Abdelaziz, Kayla Harrison, Cris Cyborg

Kayla Harrison’s manager Ali Abdelaziz does not believe a potential showdown against Cris Cyborg is the way to go.

Going undefeated in her professional career, the two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison has been dominating the competition in the organization. The 31-year-old racked up 13 wins in the PFL and has been touted as the greatest female athlete of all time even though she has not taken her chops outside the promotion.

Current Bellator women’s featherweight titleholder Cris Cyborg is another woman who had worked hard to build an aura of invincibility around her. Cyborg ran through her opponents during her prime and can still hold hers against the very best in female competition in the company.

Ali Abdelaziz is not interested in Cyborg

There have been talks to put the two women together inside the octagon in a cross-promotion bout for their legacy. However, Bellator president Scott Coker has suggested that no official discussions have taken place in regard to the matter. With Cyborg set to become a free agent this July, PFL will have an opportunity to work towards the super fight and make her an offer.

Ali Abdelaziz, head of Dominance MMA, and manager for Kayla Harrison is not too keen on the idea and believes Cyborg is trying to mooch off of Harrison’s brand.

“At the end of the day, listen, everyone is using Kayla’s name to promote themselves,” Abdelaziz said. “I have no interest in this fight. Kayla will fight anybody. I don’t care about promoters, managers, reporters. They all talk about Kayla and Cyborg. Listen, at the end of the day, I don’t really care about this fight. This fight will probably never happen.

“And even if this fight happens, nobody gives a sh*t. That’s my opinion. Because Kayla’s Kayla. She’s undefeated. She’s the best female fighter in the world, and in my opinion a pound-for-pound great right now. She doesn’t need to prove anything to anybody. Cyborg needs her. She doesn’t need Cyborg. She’s making six figures, seven figures every fight. She’s happy. She’s going to beat whoever they give her.” (h/t MMA Junkie)

Abdelaziz Prefers Amanda Nunes Fight

Ali Abdelaziz has not outright shut down the possibility of Harrison participating in a big fight. While he acknowledged the allure of such an idea, he reiterated his conviction that the opponent needs to be a big draw as well to benefit Harrison.

According to Abdelaziz, Cyborg is not a needle-mover and he would much rather prefer someone like Amanda Nunes. He made sure to let everyone know that it’s not the danger in facing an opponent like Cyborg but the business value of it that influences his decision for Harrison.

“If you talk about maybe one day Amanda Nunes or something like that, yeah, Amanda Nunes is interesting. Let’s do it,” Abdelaziz said. “But I don’t really care about Cyborg. I don’t think people will buy this fight.

“Anybody can come. They’re going to get their ass whooped regardless. It can be Amanda, Cyborg. Anybody. Julianna (Peña). Anybody can get it. They can all get it. Just don’t use Kayla’s name to promote your brand.”