Cris Cyborg officially signs with Bellator MMA

Former UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has officially signed with Bellator MMA.

Cyborg (21-2-0, 1 NC), who was released from her UFC contract last month, was last seen in competition at the UFC 240 event this past July, winning a unanimous decision over Felicia Spencer. The 34-year-old released an official statement earlier today.

I’m very excited to announce that I’m partnering with Scott Coker and Viacom and fighting in Bellator,” Cyborg said. “You guys know I have a lot of girls I want to fight at 145 pounds and this means you’re going to have a lot of fights per year and I’m very happy about that!

My goal is to be the only female fighter is holding four different major titles in the same division.”

Former UFC featherweight champ Cris Cyborg has signed with Bellator MMA.

Bellator MMA president, Scott Coker, also released a statement.

I have worked with countless athletes over my thirty-plus years of promoting combat sports, but there is no one quite like ‘Cyborg’,” Coker said in a statement. “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.”

Could Cris Cyborg be next for Bellator featherweight champ, Julia Budd (pictured) ?

Fight fans, are you excited to see Cris Cyborg fight for Bellator MMA? Who would you like to see her matched up against? Let us know in the comments section below.



  1. Good for Chris and Scott! UFC does not have a legit 145 pound division for women; Bellator does. I look forward to seeing her fight Julia.

  2. Coker is seriously confused. Budd could have fought Cyborg @ invicta several times. She refused and will continue to dodge her in Bellator….

    1. Not only that, at Strikeforce before Invicta. She’s been dodging Cris for years and was probably running out of excuses which was why she moved to Bellator. However, she seems to have improved and Cris does not look as formidable as in the past, so maybe she won’t run this time, especially if they pay her enough.

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