Cris Cyborg Wins Featherweight Title On Bellator Debut
Cris Cyborg made MMA history on Saturday night by becoming the first fighter to win major championships in four different promotions when she captured the Bellator Featherweight women's title.
The MMA legend left UFC last year with Dana White deciding against renewing her contract and moved to rival company Bellator.
It didn't take her long to make a splash in her new promotion, winning the featherweight title by stopping Julia Budd in the fourth round of their fight on Saturday night at Bellator 238.
Cris Cyborg just TKO'd Julia Budd. Round four. She is the new Bellator women's featherweight champion.- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 26, 2020
She is also the first fighter to win a Strikeforce, Invicta, UFC and Bellator title.
Budd was the company's first champion at the 145 lb weight limit and had a three year, 11 fight, winning streak before she faced the Brazilian.
Cyborg attacked from the opening bell, landing elbows and other strikes, to really put the pressure on the champion but Budd did hold her own and landed blows too.
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The American's ability in the clinch and to scramble away kept the fight going in the first two rounds but she slowed in the third and by the fourth it looked like Cyborg would finish the fight at some point before landing the kick to the body that downed her opponent and led to the win.
Cyborg's next fight might not be in an octagon though and could instead be inside a boxing ring. The 34-year-old has it written into her contract than she can take a break from MMA to compete in boxing.
Speaking to ESPN on Thursday she confirmed the possibility of making the move, saying, "One thing that made me sign with Bellator and I think is nice is I can do boxing or pro wrestling if I have the opportunity.
"For sure, I need some time to train in boxing. Because I'm really focused on MMA. Let's see."
The Grand Slam Champ pic.twitter.com/N2hqvfpwCL- Cyborg #Bellator238 LIVE NOW (@criscyborg) January 26, 2020
On boxing training she added, "I train boxing. But I think for fighting boxing, it's different. It's a different sport. ... I think you have to only train this, because mixed martial arts is a lot of training all day. It's a different sport. Different arts."
After making history in MMA would anyone really bet against her being successful in boxing too?