ROUNDTABLE (pt. 1 of 2): How would you book Cyborg in UFC going forward? Immediate title shot or match against someone else?

Cris Cyborg (photo credit Jason Silva © USA Today Sports)

Now that Cris Cyborg is officially done with Invicta, how would you book her in UFC going forward? Would you give her an immediate title shot or book her against someone else?

BRYAN KERN, MMATorch contributor

Immediate title shot. This division was clearly built for Cris Cyborg (19-1-1), so let her have it. Germaine De Randamie (7-3) is a great mixed martial artist, but she isn’t part cyborg like Ms. Justino, and once Cyborg gets that strap good luck taking it off her. In fact, I feel her toughest challenge will come in the most unlikely of opponents… Jose Aldo. (Please note this was strictly satire, I in no way, shape, or form, condone or support men fighting women in the sport of mixed martial arts)… but seriously, no one is going to beat her.

COLE HENRY, MMATorch contributor

Anything other than an immediate title shot would seem simply like a ploy to kill a little bit of time. She is clearly the top contender and, in some people’s eyes, she’s already the champion. If she was to be booked against someone else, who would it be? Holly Holm coming off three straight losses? Cris Cyborg vs. Germaine De Randemaine is the only fight to make in the women’s 145-pound division. Beyond that, it’s really hard to say…

MIKE HISCOE, MMATorch contributor

I think you just go straight to Cris Cyborg vs. Germaine de Randamie for the UFC Featherweight Championship, assuming that title is even still being recognized. Cyborg will likely get the win and the title and then UFC can continue to feed her opponents until someone comes along who can challenge Cyborg effectively or until Cyborg gets too big to make the 145 pound limit. This will likely mean depleting Invicta of whatever 145ers they have, including new champion Megan Anderson. UFC has booked themselves into a corner by signing Cyborg and then creating this championship, so there really is no other option than to put the two together and finish what they started.

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