Exclusive: Cris Cyborg reacts to news that UFC may end women’s featherweight division, believes it’s “dangerous” and “unprofessional”

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Cris Cyborg has reacted to the recent news that UFC may be looking to disband the women’s featherweight division.

Cris Cyborg is the reigning Bellator featherweight champion.


Earlier this week during a chat with WMMA Rankings, UFC featherweight Norma Dumont revealed she is in the process of cutting weight in order to drop down to bantamweight. She said the UFC requested her to drop down to 135 and believes the featherweight division will soon be “closed”.

Cyborg, who was a major part in the launch of the UFC women’s featherweight division, reacted to the news in a statement sent to WMMA Rankings.

It’s unfortunate as there are women competing at 135lbs who would have healthier and longer careers at a more natural weight of 145. Competing dehydrated is dangerous and enforcing a culture of extreme weight cuts isn’t professional of the organization and promotion,” she said.

The 37-year-old has long been a strong advocate for female featherweights in MMA. One of the many contributing factors which led to Cyborg leaving the UFC was the organization’s refusal to grow and build the women’s 145-pound weight class.

Cyborg defeated Tonya Evinger to capture the vacant UFC featherweight championship back in July 2017. She would go on to defend it against Yana Kunitskaya and Holly Holm before dropping the belt to Amanda Nunes. Since then, Cyborg has gone on to sign with Bellator MMA and is the reigning featherweight champion.

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