UFC president Dana White has stated in the past that getting certain fighters signed to deals can be a headache.
Cris “Cyborg” Justino has worked through White in the past to try and come to an agreement to fight inside the Octagon. Now, her management team is dealing with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.
Fertitta recently told ESPN that they have “an interest in Cyborg fighting for us.” Currently, she is the Invicta FC featherweight champion and is recovering from an injury that derailed her plans to fight for the first time last year at bantamweight.
“We feel that down the road there is a possibility of a big fight between her and Ronda (Rousey), but there are still a lot of things that need to happen,” Fertitta said. “She needs to prove she can get down to 135 pounds before we would take the risk of making that fight happen.”
Previously, Cyborg and her team had said that dropping down to 135 pounds could possibly hinder her in the future from having children. That stance changed last year and talks started up again between the two sides.
The 29-year-old has not competed in an MMA match since the summer of 2013 when he finished Marloes Coenen to improve to 12-1 in her career. She did take a kickboxing bout last March, falling to Jorina Baars.
George Prajin, the manager for Cyborg, said that while negotiations are ongoing, his focus is getting the fighter back inside the cage.