Fans awaited outside of the SAP Center, eager to watch Bellator 226: Bader vs Kongo, but the apparel of many fans made it seem as if Cris Cyborg was headlining on Saturday night in San Jose.
A motif of Brazilian flags and the Cyborg Nation trademark shirts worn, engulfing the police-patrol streets near the arena.
“Everybody stopped me, all my fans said: ‘Cris, I’m really happy [that] you came to Bellator. You weren’t too happy,’ and then they would say ‘f–k Dana White.’
They always say this to me and shake my hand, and are really happy for me,” Cyborg said. “I always give a lot to my fans because everything that happened in my career [it’s] because of them. The fans make the fighters.”
The former UFC featherweight held a meet-and-greet and an autograph session, which had queues of fans waiting for hours. Many of the Brazilian’s supporters congregated throughout the whole strip of concession stands located in section 127.
Cris Cyborg sat near cageside and many fans were hovering over her, asking for selfies and congratulating her on signing a contract with Bellator.
Cyborg’s deal with Bellator made it more attractive to Cyborg, as she will be able to compete in kickboxing and eventually reaching a lifelong dream.
“Everybody knows that I have a dream doing a boxing fight before I finish my career, and I still have this dream,” Cyborg said. “Now it’s perfect because Scott Coker wants to work together. He said ‘if you would like to do a boxing fight, I’m going to be with you.”
She’s even eyeing a rematch against the Dutch Jorina Baars, who defeated Cyborg back in March 2014 via unanimous decision at Lion Fight 14.
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