Brazilian, 32, has been sparring with Olympic boxing medallist Claressa Shields in her bid to polish fight skills
UFC star Cris Cyborg wants to follow in the footsteps of Conor McGregor by switching from MMA to boxing.
One of the most feared female fighters in UFC history has been granted a boxing licence by the California State Athletic Commission.
Featherweight champion Cyborg said: “Today the CSAC granted me a license in the Junior Middleweight division of 154lbs.
“If the girls from MMA don’t want to accept the fights, let the girls of boxing know #cyborgnation isn’t scared of a challenge”
Cyborg, 32, has shared the ring with Olympic medallist Claressa Shields in recent months by taking part in sparring sessions.
Cyborg added: “I’d like to box. Claressa and I trained together and there’s no one better for you to train but an Olympic medallist.
“She’s fast. It’s good to train with someone better than you because you evolve, you see more things.
“It’s different when you train with someone that knows boxing [like Shields].
“But when you train with someone that doesn’t know boxing — it’s not that McGregor doesn’t know boxing, but he’s not a boxer his entire life.
“When you’re sparring with someone that is not from boxing it’s more difficult because he throws a different jab compared to a boxer, has different faints, so there are more surprises.”
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Cyborg said she would jump sports should she have an offer like McGregor did when he fought five-division champion Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
She said: “I would definitely box if I have an opportunity, like McGregor.”
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