Current Invicta Fighting Championships Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has issued an ultimatum if the UFC doesn’t create a women’s featherweight division.
“The main thing is that I have two fights left in my division [featherweight],” Cyborg told El Comercio. “I’m going to stay in my division, and see if the UFC opens up my division, or if they don’t do it, I’m going to leave. I’ll keep fighting so that hey open more divisions. If I don’t have a division in the UFC, I’m going to go to another company like Rizin or Bellator or another organization where they have my division. I’ll keep fighting for that.”
Cyborg has fought twice under the UFC banner, defeating Leslie Smith at UFC 198 and then defeating Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95, the Lansberg fight was the main event of the show.
As far as when you may see Cyborg in the octagon next, you shouldn't expect to see her in the cage again until early next year.
“I don’t know yet, probably next year,” Cyborg said. “In February, I’ll be available to fight. I’m ready for whoever at 145 pounds.”
Cyborg hasn’t defended the Invicta FC Featherweight Title in nearly a year, last defending it against Daria Ibragimova at Invicta FC 15. Cyborg is also a former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion, she relinquished the championship after the UFC bout the promotion a few years back.