Cris Cyborg expects to fight Julia Budd or Ediane Gomes next at Invicta FC

Esther Lin, Invicta FC

Cris Cyborg returns to fighting in March, but it won’t be for Invicta Fighting Championships.

Cyborg, who demolished previously unbeaten Jennifer Colomb under muay thai rules at Lion Fight 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, last September, is set to compete for the inaugural Lion Fight welterweight championship on March 28 against Jorina Baars.

Lion Fight 14 takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will be headlined by Gregory Choplin vs. Marco Pique.

"I hope I can do a great fight and show my muay thai skills," Cyborg told MMAFighting.com about her next muay thai contest. "The win is the consequence."

Like Cyborg, Baars also competes in MMA, but she’s not as successful as the Brazilian. Baars is 1-3 in MMA, but Cyborg doesn’t expect an easy win.

"It’s really interesting that we’re both muay thai and MMA fighters," she said. "Jorina is a veteran, but I’ll be ready for a war. I like challenges that makes me evolve as an athlete. I believe she’s more experienced than my first opponent."

Cyborg has no date set to return to MMA, but expects to be part of Invicta FC’s next card.

"I’m still waiting, but I’ll definitely defend my title in the next edition," she said. "They are talking about two girls (to fight me), Julia Budd and Ediane Gomes."

Budd and Gomes are both undefeated under the Invicta FC banner. While she has no opponent set for her return, Cyborg keeps competing in other sports, and she doesn’t rule out leaving MMA if she has more opportunities out there.

"I will compete wherever I have opportunities," she said. "If it happens that I only fight muay thai, why not? But for now I’ll keep competing in jiu-jitsu, muay thai and wrestling to work on my game to fight MMA."

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