Cris Cyborg announces the return of boxing in April


As the PFL struggles to secure a featherweight showdown between company champion Larissa Pacheco and Bellator titleholder Cris Cyborg, the former UFC star continues her success in boxing.

Cyborg announced via press release that she will face Widnelly Figueroa in the main event of Green Bay Fight Night on April 27 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 154-pound bout will be fought in four two-minute rounds using 10-ounce gloves.

As a professional boxer, Cyborg is 2-0, having knocked out Kelsey Wickstrum in her last appearance in January. The Brazilian, who won a decision over fellow Bellator veteran Gabrielle Holloway in her debut, last fought in MMA in October 2023, beating Cat Zingano within a round.

As a pro, Figueroa is 0-2 and hasn't fought since 2017, when she lost in the first round to Olympic boxer Mikaela Mayer, who was making her transition to professional boxing at the time.

According to the press release, Cyborg opted for a boxing match “despite wanting to return to MMA and face two-time PFL champion Larissa Pacheco,” adding that she had not been given a date by the MMA promotion.

“I was hoping to fight Pacheco in June, which gave me limited dates for a boxing match,” Cyborg explained in the press release. “Figueroa is a tough opponent who has been in the ring at boxing Olympics and had a lot more experience than me. I have been training hard and hope to continue to show the progress I am making in my boxing skills.

“I want to prove to people in boxing that my knockout power in MMA can be translated into knockout power with the bigger gloves. I'm working on my boxing techniques so I'll be able to deliver the kind of finishes the fans want. I want to bring excitement to women’s boxing like I did at the WMMA.”