A Bellator MMA champion appeared to have invaded UFC 259 on Saturday at UFC APEX in Las Vegas in something straight out of a pro wrestler’s playbook. Cris Cyborg is a former UFC women’s featherweight champion, and the 35-year-old Brazilian currently holds the same divisional title for Bellator MMA. Rumblings began that Cyborg was on the premises just before the UFC 259 undercard fights began, and UFC welterweight contender Michael Chiesa was among the first people to spot the van in question.
Chiesa posted, “There is an RV wrapped in Cris Cyborg graphics parked up the street between the Apex and the UFCPI. I don’t think that’s a coincidence”.
There is an RV wrapped in Cris Cyborg graphics parked up the street between the Apex and the UFCPI. I don’t think that’s a coincidence 🤨
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) March 6, 2021
FanSided’s Amy Kaplan, who knows the Bellator champ personally, also spotted the vehicle and alluded to the idea that Cyborg might be there in person.
Kaplan posted, “Spotted @criscyborg’s custom RV parked outside the UFC APEX as I rolled in for #UFC259. So now ALL the true featherweight GOATS here”.
So now ALL the true featherweight GOATS here. 😉
— Amy Kaplan (@PhotoAmy33) March 6, 2021
Journalist Helen Yee captured a photo of the vehicle and posted it to social media. Yee posted, “The Cris Cyborg RV parked near the UFC Apex”.
— Helen Yee (@HelenYeeSports) March 6, 2021
Cyborg’s Last UFC Fight Came in 2019
Cyborg’s last UFC fight was a unanimous decision victory over Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 in July 2019. Since then, she’s moved over to the Bellator ranks to capture the women’s featherweight crown for that organization.
BY GOD ITS CRIS CYBORG CRIS CYBORG! pic.twitter.com/gZxPw5SQxN
— Cynthia Vance (@cynthiavance) March 6, 2021
Some believed Cyborg would be at UFC 259 to demand a cross-promotional superfight against UFC “champ champ” Amanda Nunes. Nunes was heading into UFC 259 as the women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, and she kept the title by finishing Megan Anderson in just one round.
Nunes knocked out Cyborg in 51 seconds at UFC 232 to become just the third UFC “champ champ” in history.
Before that stunning loss, Cyborg had not suffered a setback in an MMA prizefight in over 13 years.
It's that "Where's Waldo?" game but we're all looking for @criscyborg at UFC 259 instead. 👀
— Kelsey McCarson (@kelsey_mccarson) March 7, 2021
Cyborg has continuously lobbied for a cross-promotional champion vs. champion rematch since leaving the UFC. Most recently, this happened in an interview with TMZ Sports.
“I know everybody wants to see…Let’s make this fight happen. Ya know? I don’t have the opportunity to do the rematch before. But, for sure in the future, if Dana White would like to do, I’d like to do,” Cyborg said per TMZ Sports.
So Cyborg could have invaded UFC 259 to force the issue.
UFC Champ vs. Bellator Champ Supefight A Longshot
Truthfully, Cyborg vs. any UFC fighter is a massive longshot now that she’s signed to the Bellator ranks. Nunes said as much in the post-fight interview.
If she stayed, I would have no problem giving the rematch to her. But she left, so that is not my fault,” Nunes said to the media after UFC 259.
Regardless, Cyborg invading UFC 259 in Las Vegas to demand the rematch in person would have been a huge promotional coup for her.
Still, even just parking her van near the arena was a smart move and something that for sure caused a stir among MMA fans all over the world.
Online Sleuthing Places Cyborg in Las Vegas
Cyborg shared her UFC 259 betting picks via Instagram on Saturday. Some have suggested Cyborg recorded those predictions from inside the van in question.
You can watch the video below and decide for yourself.
Most notably, though, Cyborg appears to be in Las Vegas on the same day as UFC 259 based on her other most recent post.
Earlier in the day, Cyborg posted a picture of herself with Rafael Alejarra, a popular MMA conditioning coach for Overcome Academy in Las Vegas.
So Cyborg seemed to be in Las Vegas on March 6, and she also had a great motive to invade UFC 259.
Heavy has reached out to Team Cyborg about her potential invasion but did not receive back a reply.
Cyborg did make her wishes known after the fight.
— @CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) March 7, 2021
READ NEXT: PFL’s Ray Sefo Knows What It Takes [WATCH]
YouTube: Real Talk with Kelsey and Rachel