Cris Cyborg Takes a Jab at Khabib Nurmagomedov After His Comments on Hiring Women Fighters at Eagle FC

Published 12/20/2021, 8:53 AM EST
EDMONTON, ALBERTA – JULY 27: Cris Cyborg of Brazil prepares to fight Felicia Spencer of Canada in their featherweight bout during the UFC 240 event at Rogers Place on July 27, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

The former UFC champion Cris Cyborg recently took a dig at UFC lightweight legend Khabib Nurmagomedov for his comments on women fighters.


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‘The Eagle’ retired from professional fighting after his successful title defense against Justin Gaethje. Later, he turned his attention towards entrepreneurship and bought his own MMA promotion. He named it Eagle FC to resemble his moniker.

After a few successful events, Eagle FC gained much popularity among the fans and is set to have its first-ever event on American soil. However, the promotion won’t have any female fighters for now.


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‘The Eagle’ in a press conference said, “I am like, we can watch what Julianna Pena did with Amanda Nunes. But Julianna Pena, she’s not like greatness or something like that.”

“She just beat Amanda Nunes like. We can watch and not many good fighters all around the world. There are only like five or six of them. And so we will wait and see.”

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According to the former UFC champion, the lack of female fighters is the reason he does not have women’s division in Eagle FC yet. However, these words didn’t sit well with the former UFC champion and one of the greatest female fighters, Cris Cyborg.

She took to social media and posted a poster of UFC 219, where she headlined the main event in the pay-per-view. Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov’s fight with Edson Barboza served as the co-main event. The Bellator champion said a lot while saying nothing at all.

However, this is not the only thing Cyborg is in the news for. The Bellator fighter is eyeing a much-awaited rematch with her rival in UFC.

Cris Cyborg Hints at a Rematch With Amanda Nunes

The former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg parted ways with the promotion after her last fight in 2019. However, she might be interested in making a return to take on her rival and champion, Amanda Nunes.

Both the combatants had previously crossed paths at UFC 232, where ‘The Lioness’ defeated Cyborg in the first round to win the title. Ever since then, the latter is been eyeing a rematch. However, she left UFC soon after her defeat. Hence, the fight never came to fruition.

Currently, Cyborg is the featherweight champion at Bellator and is fresh from her recent title defense. Meanwhile, Nunes recently suffered a devastating defeat in the bantamweight title fight against Julianna Pena at UFC 269.


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The American fighter sent waves through the combat world by defeating the number one pound-for-pound fighter. Following Nunes’ defeat, Cyborg took to her official Twitter account and hinted at a rematch with her rival Nunes.


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And while there was no response from the UFC champion, it is one of the most intriguing rematches and fans are eager to see if it ever happens. However, both the fighters are signed with different promotions. Hence, it is difficult to make this fight official.


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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.