How a Cyborg WWE Run Benefits both Her and The UFC
One thing that is very evident in the UFC right now is the lack of superstars. Retirement has come earlier than expected for Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor just made a hundred million dollars for one fight, and George St. Pierre’s future is once again in limbo.
However, since the departure of Ronda Rousey, the UFC has failed to generate any real excitement for the main events featuring the women. The woman who put the nail in Rousey’s coffin, Amanda Nunes drew one of the lowest UFC pay-per-view numbers in years with only one-hundred thousand buys (according to Dave Meltzer). A pretty clear indication, that from a pay-per-view standpoint, women’s MMA is not in a good position.
There seemed to be a ton of curiosity and excitement when it came to Cyborg v Holly, and while we have to wait for the numbers to be released, it looks certain to beat the numbers of Amanda’s last title fight. Also with a win, Cyborg showed the UFC she can be their next top female superstar.
While Cyborg may lack some of the skills Rousey possessed, her dominance inside the cage is even more impressive than Rousey in her prime. Cyborg has not lost in over twelve years, and that fact alone allows UFC to create another female superstar.
However, Cyborg is not only in need of more opponents, she also needs to more mainstream exposure. If the UFC is serious about making Cyborg a Ronda Rousey level superstar, WWE seems to make the most sense for both her and the company.
Prior to Cyborg winning the UFC featherweight title, she began a twitter war with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch in the hopes of making an appearance in the WWE. While the talks of that match have died down, the story with Becky Lynch is already on the table if the UFC allows their champion inside a WWE ring.
A fight between Cyborg and Ronda Rousey has been the dream match in MMA for a long time, but the talk of them competing in an octagon has gone away. However, Cyborg did say she would be happy to face Ronda in a WWE ring. This is another readymade storyline which has years of build up behind it, and Rousey will also be able to give Cyborg the mainstream exposure she needs.
Cyborg even told FloCombat.com: “I know 70, 000 fans who would still be willing to pack a stadium to see Cyborg vs. Rousey even if it took place in a three-rope ring instead of a cage”.
Due to Cyborg’s limited English-speaking skills, WWE makes even more sense. A storyline in WWE is ultimately settled inside a ring with a physical performance, and this is perfect for Cris Cyborg. Also, a match featuring Cyborg is most likely to take place at either a Wrestlemania or Summerslam event where the WWE puts their best foot forward to attract more casual fans.
On paper, Cyborg to WWE makes a lot of sense. But knowing Dana White’s history, it does seem like a real long shot that he allows his champion to compete in WWE ring while still under contract with the UFC. However, we live in an era where the UFC no longer operate under normal rules, and if the fight between Floyd and Conor told us anything, it’s never say never.
Will this ever materialize? We will have to wait and see. But if the UFC wants Cyborg to be an even bigger superstar, a WWE run makes all the sense in the world.
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