The “Battlecat” returns to MMA competition this Saturday, Cindy Dandois, will make her first post-UFC appearance at a 140-pound catchweight to take on high-level muay thai striker, Kerry Hughes. The pair will feature on the Cage Warriors 89 card taking place in Dandois’ home country of Belgium.
The UFC and Invicta FC veteran will be looking to make a huge statement heading into the biggest fight of her career on December 29 when she takes on the number-one lightweight/welterweight fighter in the world, King Reina.
Dandois (8-3) was last in action this past April, losing a close decision to Alexis Davis in her UFC debut at the Fight Night 108 event. The 32-year-old surprisingly departed ways with the organization following the back-and-forth fight against a top-ten ranked competitor. Although Dandois has enjoyed great success at bantamweight, she has found the most success when cutting less weight and competing at featherweight or above. She has defeated top contenders at 145-pounds, including Megan Anderson, Marloes Coenen and Daria Ibragimova.
Dandois recently spoke to WMMA Rankings about this Saturday’s fight, her shocking UFC departure and more. Take a look below.
On fighting in her hometown this Saturday:
“It means the world to me to fight in front of my own crowd. My school is like 10 minutes walking from the arena and I feel blessed to show my students that with hard work and god all is possible. This is my hood, I am home, I want to be an example”
On opponent, Kerry Hughes:
She is a great fighter and I always liked her. I think she is so funny and I love how she is open over being the person she is and about her struggles. I admire her as an athlete and she is a great striker and a warrior.
On fighting at a 140-pound catchweight this Saturday:
145 would be more comfortable. I really am not a fan of the cuts and I feel I perform better without killing my body. 140 is still a hard cut for me, for sure because I wasn’t able to train for a while breaking my foot so I ate and gained lots. I admit it, I am a fat kid at heart.
On her shocking UFC departure, following just one fight:
Well I wasn’t really surprised because I wanted to fight at featherweight with an ultimate goal of fighting Cris Cyborg. Since all the troubles happened with Germaine and the UFC didn’t seem to be interested in making contender fights I expected it a little. I guess stars like Megan are better match ups for Cris in the UFC. I am fine with it, one day I will get my shot! Until then I stay me and do me, I know god is with me, everything happens on his timing. I am still here, healthy and fighting. So who am I to complain?
I have a shoutout to my teammates from Perfect Team MMA for training and working hard with me everyday. To my brother Ben, for opening doors for all our guys. To Miesha, To my grandmother cause I love her so Much and I hope I can make her proud, and to LUB MMA for always having my back.
Cage Warriors 80 takes place this Saturday November 25 from the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. The event will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass.