WWE has quite a history when it comes to signing MMA stars, or simply put, UFC megastars – the billion-dollar promotion has coughed up enough moolah whenever the opportunity to sign a cross-over UFC star has arisen, turning the elite talents into their very own cash cows in the process.
Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg has officially quit Dana White’s promotion and is onto her next chapter in life.
After her victory over Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 last month, it was announced that Cyborg’s contract won’t be renewed and her three-month exclusive negotiating period would also be waived so as to allow her to immediately begin negotiations with other promotions.
Post-WrestleMania 35, rumors of a potential deal between Cyborg and WWE started doing the rounds – the 34-year-old megastar was still under contract with UFC but that didn’t stop fans from making wild speculations regarding her future.
Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn go down in history as the biggest WWE-UFC crossover stars in the history of combat sports.
During a recent interview with SkySports, Superstars Samoa Joe and Sonya Deville stated that they look forward to welcoming Cris in WWE with open arms.
“I know she’s tremendously interested. If she is willing to come in and make a contribution and there is something there that we can build-up and promote then yeah, I am all for it – I’d love to see her here,” said Joe.
WWE is famous for has treating its UFC signings pretty well; the juggernaut promotion places the megastars on mountains of cash, while making enormous box office revenue through their stardom. And Cyborg won’t be treated any differently.
“I would like to work with Cyborg, she’s obviously very dominated in the MMA world, I still haven’t got my shot with Rousey so maybe one at a time,” said Deville.
“I think [Rousey] will be back. She’s a natural-born killer so she can’t stay out too long.”