Boxing organization decides not to oversee Cris Cyborg’s debut due to opponent’s medical suspension


Cris Cyborg is scheduled to make her professional boxing debut at next week’s Fight Music Show 2 in Curitiba, Brazil, but the promotion has hurdles to clear.

After being knocked out by Cyborg on Aug. HTML1, Simone Silva was placed under a 60-day suspension from the Texas Combative Sports Program. FMS 2 takes place 43 days after that match, well within the window of the suspension.

Organizacao Brasileira de Boxe (OBBoxe), the boxing organization hired to oversee the boxing portion of FMS 2, told MMA Fighting they have decided not to oversee Cyborg vs. Silva, the co-main event bout, due to Silva’s current medical suspension.

FMS 2 features three boxing exhibition matches, including former WBA and WBO champion Acelino Freitas versus vale tudo legend Jose Landy Johns and Milton Vieira vs. Felipe Arantes, which will be overseen by OBBoxe.

Silva is 17-22 as a professional boxer and 8-4 in MMA. The 39-year-old suffered 12 straight losses since 2019, nine in boxing and three under MMA rules. The four losses were by knockout. Jessica Camara stopped her via body shot knockout in the Aug. 13 fight.

Cyborg is the current Bellator featherweight champion and a former UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta FC titleholder. Competing in MMA since 2005, the veteran has won by knockout in 20 of 26 victories, including the likes of Gina Carano, Julia Budd, Leslie Smith and Marloes Coenen.

Fight Music Show officials declined to comment on Silva’s suspension and the status of the bout.

In a statement released earlier this week by MMA Fighting, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation stated that Silva will need to undergo EEG and EKG testing in order to be able to continue her competitions in Texas following the Cyborg match.