Cris Cyborg’s career crossover from the cage to the ring is complete.
The iconic mixed martial artist and current Bellator female featherweight champion will be making her pro boxing debut on Sept. 25 when she takes on Simone Silva in a homecoming fight in Curitiba, Brazil, she announced Wednesday.
The eight-round bout will take place at 154 pounds. The former Invicta, Strikeforce, and UFC champion signed her contract on The MMA Hour.
The 39-year-old Silva is also Brazilian and has a record of 17 wins (6 KOs) and 21 losses. She's lost eight consecutive fights.
The 37-year-old MMA pioneer Cyborg currently competes at 145 pounds in the cage.
In recent years, Cyborg has expressed serious interest and a transition to a boxing career, going as far as wanting a challenge against Katie Taylor. The Irishwoman is open to the idea of a potential fight as well.
Born Cristiane Justino, Cyborg has 26 career wins and just two losses in MMA, with one no contest. Her victories have mostly been one-sided demolition jobs with a display of heavy hands. She has 20 career knockouts.
Cyborg lost her pro debut in 2005 and to current UFC champion Amanda Nunes in 2018, but her resume is a remarkable one featuring wins against the likes of Gina Carano and Holly Holm.
Cyborg is currently a contractual free agent but is open to continuing to work with Bellator, the promotional company of which she’s headlined five shows since 2020.
On Wednesday, Professional Fighters League founder Donn Davis proposed Cyborg a pay-per-view fight with its star female fighter, Kayla Harrison.
The package would include a guaranteed $1 million to each fighter along with a $2 million bonus to the winner.
Cyborg said that for such a fight to take place it would need to be a co-promotion between Bellator and PFL.
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