It was reported on Wednesday night that Cris Cyborg was in talks to return to the Octagon in a 140-pound catchweight clash with Germaine de Randamie at UFC 201, but the Brazilian fighter quickly denied the news.
Cyborg, who defeated Leslie Smith in her UFC debut last Saturday, told the media at the post-fight press conference in Curitiba that her next fight would be a 145-pound title defense at Invicta FC, and she’s sticking to it.
Cyborg complained on Twitter that she wasn’t allowed to bring her Invicta FC belt to her media obligations during UFC 198 fight week. She had the belt during the open workouts, and told MMA Fighting that she was hoping to bring it to the cage on fight night.
"I’m the 145-pound champion," she tweeted. "The UFC doesn’t have my division, okay. But they don’t have the right to delete my division. No point trying to manipulate my fans. I will be defending my belt in my next fight. I already proved I can make 140 pounds, I did my part."
"It was really hard to make 140," she continued. "I had to train three times a day, and I’m making a documentary that will be online soon for you to watch. In every media (obligation), I had to do for my last fight I couldn’t take my belt to show I was the champion. It was forbidden."