Cris Cyborg will challenge Julia Budd for the featherweight title at the upcoming Bellator 238 event on January 25.
Cyborg (21-2-0) will be making her promotional debut after leaving the UFC last year. The 34-year-old, a pioneer of the sport who has been competing as a professional since 2005, owns victories over some of the biggest names in WMMA history including Gina Carano, Holly Holm, Marloes Coenen, Tonya Evinger and Felicia Spencer.
Ahead of the upcoming fight, Cyborg recently spoke to reporters at her gym about her opponent in Julia Budd.
“I think she’s a great fighter,” Cyborg said. “She’s the champion at 145 pounds and she’s been a champion a long time. She’s undefeated eight years. She’s going to be a great challenge for me … I always like to challenge myself if I have the opportunity. I think it’s a big thing to sign with Bellator.”
After fighting Budd, Cyborg says her dream is to compete in a women’s grand prix.
“My focus first is Julia,” Cyborg said. “If I had the opportunity, I think one dream I have is to make a grand prix. I think being in Bellator, Scott (Coker) would be open to that – making more than one fight a night.
“I think it’s going to be a Japan event. I mean, shoot boxing has a lot of fighters over there that do that. I think it’s going to be a dream – a dream coming true for me.”
Bellator 238 takes place on Saturday January 25, 2020, from The Forum in Inglewood, California, United States. The main card will be aired live on DAZN from 10pm EST.