REPORT: Cris Cyborg to challenge Julia Budd for featherweight championship

First reported by Marc Raimondi of ESPN, Cris Cyborg will be challenging Julia Budd for the featherweight championship in her promotional debut on Jan. 25.

The bout has yet to be confirmed by Bellator but Julia Budd (13-2) versus Cris Cyborg (21-2, 1 NC) for Budd’s featherweight championship is likely to happen.

Following a three-year tenure in the UFC, Cris Cyborg signed with Bellator. At UFC 232, Cyborg lost to Amanda Nunes in what was the first loss on her MMA record since her 2005 debut. She bounced back with a victory over Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 and will now look to become the first female fighter to hold championships in three major promotions.

Budd currently rides an 11-fight winning streak. After defeating Marloes Coenen to capture the featherweight title, Budd has defended her “jewel” three times.The only two losses on her record came from Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey in 2011.

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  1. Good for Bellator’s decision makers for managing to match up Julia Budd vs Cris Cyborg Justino. But it’s a shame that Bellator’s decision makers once again failed to keep Julia Budd busy in MMA. She has fought once in 2019, once in 2018, twice in 2017, and once in 2016. It would have been awesome to have been able to see Julia Budd be able to be matched up against Gabi Garcia in Rizin on their New Year’s Eve fight card. And Cris Cyborg has only fought once in 2019 and she was adamant about wanting to get in another fight before the end of 2019 and Scott Coker said Bellator could keep her busy. So far, over promising and under delivering on the keeping them busy in the cage in 2019.

  2. anticereal, until I see different, Scott Coker is doing the over promising of keeping Julia Budd busy and under delivering. Scott Coker is worth millions, Julia Budd revenue comes from fighting unless she has other revenue sources, she doesn’t make millions of dollars to support herself and her fighting once per year. I imagine having a fight on a Rizin FF card at the end of the year would have helped her finances a lot.

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