Former UFC featherweight champion has signed with the rival promotion, Bellator MMA, and landed the most lucrative women’s MMA deal in the sport’s history.
After seven outings with the UFC, including two successful title-defences, the Brazilian standout was released by the Nevada-based promotion early last month, with Dana White stressing that they are done with the ‘Cyborg business.’
The former bantamweight queen appeared in her last UFC bout under her contract at UFC 240 and took on Felicia Spencer.
Even before this fight, Cyborg’s relationship with her employer has been on the rocks as she has been trading barbs with the outspoken UFC head honcho.
Cyborg made quick work of Spencer, but the victory was not enough to convince White of renewing her contract.
She fired her final shot at White in the post-fight press conference, saying it was him who did not include the Amanda Nunes rematch in her contract while claiming that she would only resign with the UFC if White apologizes to her.
— theScore MMA (@theScoreMMA) August 2, 2019
In a previous Instagram post, Cyborg said she is now looking for an MMA promotion where she ‘could fight more often.’
“I’d die in the UFC without fighting, and still being defamed, so the best option would be see other promotions that have my division, where I could fight more often.”
The search is finally over for the Brazilian fighter as no less than Bellator MMA president Scott Coker announced that the former UFC star is now under the Santa Monica-based promotion.
“I am proud to announce that @BellatorMMA has signed @CrisCyborg to the biggest contract in women’s MMA history. Welcome to the family,” Coker wrote on Twitter.
No specific figures were revealed yet about the deal, but Cyborg said she is very excited to join a family ‘where she will be respected.’
“#CyborgNation we have a new home where we will be respected! I’m excited to join the @bellatormma family.”
— Roll With the Wave (@roll_wave) September 4, 2019
Cyborg is holding a 21-2 win-loss record in her professional MMA career, including six wins and a solitary defeat in the UFC.
She debuted in the UFC in May 2016 and won the vacant featherweight championship in July 2017 with a knockout of Tonya Evinger.
She defended the belt against Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya before losing it to the eventual two-weight champion, Amanda Nunes in December of 2018.
The Nunes rematch has been the centre of her feud with White, as there were claims that Cyborg was avoiding to fight Nunes for the second time.
With an extensive resume, expectations will be sky-high for Cyborg in her quest to win the Bellator women’s featherweight championship.
The question now is when will the promotion book her against defending champion, Julia Budd.
— Rodrick (@Rodrick76496943) September 4, 2019
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(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Cris Cyborg)