Cris Cyborg talks life at Bellator, UFC 249, female mixed martial arts and what is next.

Cyborg is without a doubt one of the biggest names you think of when it comes to discussing mixed martial arts.

Dating all the way back to the Strikeforce days, Cyborg was destined to make history in the sport. On 15th of August 2009, Cyborg took on Gina Carano to become the first two women ever to headline a major MMA event.

With a record of 22 wins to 2 losses, it is clear to see why she is one of the most feared names in the sport.

After leaving the UFC in 2019, Cyborg went on to sign for Bellator MMA, a deal which saw her re-form the partnership with the previous Strikeforce president Scott Coker.

When speaking to Ariel Helwani last September Coker made it clear that he believes the deal with Cyborg was the most lucrative offer in women’s MMA history.

“We put it all together and we said, you know, I think we have the biggest contract in the history of female MMA so let’s go with it.” said Coker.

On January 25th, 2020, in her first fight for the promotion, Cyborg took on the reigning featherweight champion, Julia Budd, who held a record of 13 wins and 2 losses.

Cyborg defeated Budd via TKO at 1 minute 14 seconds into the 4th round, claiming the Bellator women’s featherweight championship of the world, kicking off her 2020 to a fantastic start.

However, since then we have been met by the global coronavirus pandemic, which has rightfully put all sports to a stop.

Many fighters have begun filming themselves to show how they are training in self-isolation, with Bellator MMA editing them into a few viral videos that have spread across social media.

Cyborg has been amongst those offering her support to her fans online. At the end of March she put up her ‘Cris Cyborg Quarantine Hotline’ for fans to call her and lift their spirits.



Recently, Cyborg and her team have posted their email for the opportunity to set up an interview with the star, to attempt to offer writers the ‘need for original content’.

It is safe to say Cyborg and her team are doing the best they can to help out during the current global crisis.

Check out our interview above, where we discuss Bellator MMA, the UFC, the history of female mixed martial arts and what is next for the champion herself.

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