Cris Cyborg has officially ended her time with the UFC by signing a new contract with MMA promotion Bellator.
While continents of the accord represent not made world, Bellator chairman Scott Coker read that the multiyear, multifight mass represent the largest contract bridge ever offered to a cleaning women is MMA belligerent.
Cyborg, UFC Had Rocky Relationship
While Cyborg (21-2) spent three years with the UFC, her relationship with the world’s leading MMA promotion was never great. UFC president Dana White never seemed to be on board with Cyborg, having made jokes about her appearance before she joined the promotion, then claiming that she was ducking big fights like a rematch with Amanda Nunes (18-4) during her UFC run. Cyborg refuted that idea, even suggesting that she would sign a one-fight contract specifically for a rematch in order to make that fight happen.
In the oddment, White turn Cyborg from the normal 90-day undivided dialogue menstruum after her UFC contract bridge expire take aftering her profits over Felicia Spencer. And as promised, Coker coiffure his best to kidnap up the seasoned lead as quickly as potential.
“I have worked with innumerous locks over my thirty-plus old ages of elevating armed combat sportsmen, but there is no 1 quite like Cyborg,” Coker read in a affirmation declaring the sign language.”Her power to stir the gang from the import she makes her pass to the cage is limited, and having have the delight of elevating various of her fighting in the preceding, I am searching forward to the chance of elevating her once again.”
On Facebook, Cyborg addressed the move, with the 34-year-old saying that she sees joining Bellator as another opportunity to make MMA history.
“My finish is to turn the solitary female person belligerent to prevail four dissimilar major deeds of conveyance in the like partitioning,” Cyborg read. She has previously held featherweight titles in Invicta, Strikeforce, and the UFC.
Bellator Investing in Women’s Featherweights
Coker says that Bellator leave represent capable to elevate Cyborg more effectively than the UFC.
“We’re going to keep her much more active, and two, they’re not in the 145-pound weight class business, and we are,” Coker said to MMA Junkie “She will have girls in her weight class to fight, whereas in the UFC, I think it was like, let’s see who we can sign to fight her for a one-off, or make people move up to fight her from a different weight class.”
Cyborg is rated as the No. 3 pound-for-pound women’s fighter by MMA website Sherdog. That same site also has her as the No. 2 women’s featherweight in the world, trailing only Nunes, who handed Cyborg only the second loss of her career last December by knocking her out in the first minute of the fight. Cyborg’s only previous loss had come in her professional debut back in 2005.
Cyborg will have legitimate competition to face in her new promotion. Current Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd (13-2) is ranked third in the division by Sherdog. According to Coker, he plans to have Cyborg debut in a title bout against Budd. In addition, three of the other top 10 women in the division are also currently signed with Bellator.