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.
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