Former UFC Women’s Featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino (21-2, 1 NC) joins the athlete roster of Bellator MMA. The Brazilian mixed martial artist has signed multi-fight deal, which is “the largest of its kind in women’s MMA history,” reads the announcement sent out by the promotion on Wednesday.
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— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) September 3, 2019
In the previous outing late July, which was also her final run in the UFC, Cris “Cyborg” scored a unanimous decision against Felicia Spencer. In December last year she suffered the first defeat since 2005 and lost women’s featherweight title against Amanda Nunes, who claimed the belt by knockout in the first round.
Justino earned UFC gold in 2017 by TKO in the third round against Tonya Evinger. She has successfully defended the strap twice, taking a unanimous decision against Holly Holm later the same year, and the first-round stoppage against Yana Kunitskaya mid last March. In addition, earlier in her career Cris “Cyborg” held Strikeforce and Invicta FC featherweight belts.
“I have worked with countless athletes over my thirty-plus years of promoting combat sports, but there is no one quite like ‘Cyborg”,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “Her ability to excite the crowd from the moment she makes her walk to the cage is special, and having had the pleasure of promoting several of her fights in the past, I am looking forward to the opportunity of promoting her once again. ‘Cyborg’ is the most dominant female fighter in the history of the sport and she will be a perfect fit here at Bellator, where champion Julia Budd and the other women that make up best female featherweight division in the world have eagerly awaited her arrival.”
The details of Cris Cyborg’s debut in Bellator MMA are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.