Last Saturday at UFC 219, the scorecard read: 49-46, 48-47, and 48-47 giving Cris Cyborg a unanimous decision victory over an opponent many believed to be her toughest and perhaps, only real test, Holly Holm. Now, with no clear challenger in sight, it may be time for Cyborg and UFC to reconsider a run in the WWE.
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 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.