Cyborg admitted that the UFC changed its offer to a featherweight championship, but she doubled down on her previous statement on Tuesday, telling AgFight that she would not entertain catchweight bouts any further (not even for Ronda Rousey) and that she needed time to recover from the devastating weight cut she underwent in September.
“I’m not going to answer (to Dana White in the media) anymore,” Cyborg said. “I already said that I wanted to take time and that I wouldn’t fight at 140 pounds anymore, (I’ll only fight) in my division. I will be ready to fight in March. I’m physically and mentally recovering from my last weight cut.”
While addressing the situation last week, White confirmed that the promotion was going to move ahead at featherweight, with or without Cyborg’s participation.
“Yes, we’re going to make a 145-pound division, whether it’s with Cyborg or not,” he told FOX Sports.
Regardless of how the division develops, Cyborg sees it as a victory.
“If they are going to create a new (featherweight) division, I’m happy. That just proves that our dedication paid off. All women won another one.”