Cindy Dandois says she has been released from the UFC

Cindy Dandois (8-3) made her long-awaited UFC debut in April of this year against Alexis Davis. Though she didn’t walk away with the win, she was eager to get back in the octagon and give it another go. Unfortunately, it looks like after just one fight in the organization she will not be getting another opportunity. Dandois took to Instagram moments ago to express her disappointment

The best friend of Miesha Tate and former Invicta FC veteran, “Battlecat” competes in both the 135 and 145 divisions. Dandois is a durable fighter who specializes in grappling, utilizing her excellent judo and wrestling skills to ground opponents. Dandois holds wins over some of the most highly touted female fighters in the world today– including Marloes Coenen, Megan Anderson, and Jorina Baars.

In Dandois’ Instagram post, she explained her dream to fight her “idol”, Cris Cyborg, and her desire to find a new “home” for her talent where she can be an “active fighter at a healthy weight”. In a classy closing statement, she thanked the UFC for the opportunity.

Check out Cindy’s official statement from Instagram below.

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#fighting for the #UFC… 👏🏻 a #dream that came true. I would've done Anything to be able To do that. I think I prooved trough the years that I am a #legit 145 lbs #featherweight #fighter. I have #notable wins over the best… when that #featherweightdivision opened I was Thrilled. The main Reason why I wanted To fight in the @ufc was because I dreamed of fighting the best… in my eyes that is @criscyborg … I begged for years To Get that fight. When #criscyborg got signed I knew if I wanted that fight I had To be in the same Organisation. I did everything I had in my power To make it there. Even if I had To fight at bantamweight for a while because everything was blocked in my own division… as long as I was active, And had fights I had in my mind Every step would bring me closer To fighting my idol. 👍🏻 Today I realise I Will never Get that chance. the UFC doesnt seem To be interested in ever giving me that fight. It pains my heart But I guess I Will have To let that dream go. What I learned in time was that if one door closes, another one opens. I am on a #mission To Find myself again and I hope To have a New #home Soon where I can be myself And be an Active fighter at a Healthy weight… I still want To Thank the UFC, To @danawhite , @seanshelby, @ufcfightpass for granting me te honour To represent my country in their #octagon… To allow me To fly To #neverland even though it was only once And to be the first #Belgian #female #UFCfighter. To @criscyborg I want To say #congrats on that well #deserved #belt! #God is Great… who knows one day, Some day we Will meet… #willbecontinued 👊🏻 #notgivingup #mma #wmma #goaldigger 🐱 #Battlecat

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  1. Wait, What? She wants to fight at 145, and the UFC only has Cristiane Cyborg Justino and Megan Anderson in that weight class, so they release Cindy Dandois? That is so weird.

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