Belgian women’s bantamweight Cindy Dandois is no longer on the UFC roster.
Women’s bantamweight Cindy Dandois announced on her Instagram page that she’s been released from the UFC. It’s not often that a fighter gets cut after just one bout, but that’s the case here. You can read her full statement below.
#fighting for the #UFC… a #dream that came true. I would’ve done Anything to be able To do that. I think I prooved trough the years that I am a #legit 145 lbs #featherweight #fighter. I have #notable wins over the best… when that #featherweightdivision opened I was Thrilled. The main Reason why I wanted To fight in the @ufc was because I dreamed of fighting the best… in my eyes that is @criscyborg … I begged for years To Get that fight. When #criscyborg got signed I knew if I wanted that fight I had To be in the same Organisation. I did everything I had in my power To make it there. Even if I had To fight at bantamweight for a while because everything was blocked in my own division… as long as I was active, And had fights I had in my mind Every step would bring me closer To fighting my idol. Today I realise I Will never Get that chance. the UFC doesnt seem To be interested in ever giving me that fight. It pains my heart But I guess I Will have To let that dream go. What I learned in time was that if one door closes, another one opens. I am on a #mission To Find myself again and I hope To have a New #home Soon where I can be myself And be an Active fighter at a Healthy weight… I still want To Thank the UFC, To @danawhite , @seanshelby, @ufcfightpass for granting me te honour To represent my country in their #octagon… To allow me To fly To #neverland even though it was only once And to be the first #Belgian #female #UFCfighter. To @criscyborg I want To say #congrats on that well #deserved #belt! #God is Great… who knows one day, Some day we Will meet… #willbecontinued #notgivingup #mma #wmma #goaldigger #Battlecat
Dandois (8-3) lost by unanimous decision to Alexis Davis at UFC Nashville in April. The fight was notable for the less-than-impressive striking shown from Dandois, whose style is centered around judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Prior to that, the Belgian had three fights in Invicta FC, including a 2015 submission win over Megan Anderson, as well as a submission defeat to Tonya Evinger. She also defeated Marloes Coenen in her pro debut in 2009.
Most of her fights have been contested at featherweight, hence the statement about wanting to take on Cris Cyborg. In fact, Cyborg vs. Dandois was scheduled to happen in Invicta FC before the promotion switched Dandois out and replaced her with Daria Ibragimova, whom Dandois submitted back in 2010.
While Dandois has multiple quality wins at 145, evidently the UFC didn’t see it fit to keep her around no matter the weight class.