‘It would be amazing’ – MMA legend Cris Cyborg eyes up Katie Taylor clash

MMA legend Cris Cyborg claims it would be ‘amazing’ to cross over and take on Katie Taylor in a boxing fight.

The Bellator star and former UFC champ is in the greatest off all time conversation when it comes to female MMA fighters, has been tentatively linked with the Irish sensation for some time.

Talk of the clash increased significantly over the last number of days, as Bellator’s Dana Whyte equivalent, Scott Coker today confirmed that Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has opened ‘dialogue’ for the unique fight.

Cyborg, 35, who has four world championships in MMA, certainly seems keen.

Cyborg says she would love to take on the undisputed lightweight world champion before calling time on her legendary career.

“I like to have challenges. And I really want a boxing fight,’ she told Sky Sports this week.

“if we can do the [Taylor] fight, it will be amazing.

“I really like boxing. I’ve tried wrestling, I’ve tried jiu jitsu, I’ve tried Muay Thai. Always when you compete in a separate sport like this, you learn a lot.

“Before I was doing lot of boxing sparring,’ the Brazilian added. ‘I was sparring pro boxer Raquel Miller.”

Taylor’s manager, Brian Peters, has previously put forward the suggestion of a crossover clash. Holly Holm was the first mentioned, but Cyborg seems to be the likeliest in that regard.

Two weight world champion Taylor is out in England on November 14, defending her titles against her WBA mandatory Miriam Gutierrez – and that clash will hold her focus for now.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com