Cyborg Happy In Bellator, Felt Like ‘Slave’ In UFC
When Cris Cyborg won the Bellator Featherweight Championship off of Julia Budd at Bellator 238, it was another history-making moment for the Brazilian. While she has been in various promotions throughout her career, she feels right at home with Bellator. Perhaps that is because she was not happy with her previous employer.
Joining the UFC in 2016, it wasn’t until UFC 214 in 2017 that a Featherweight Title was made. Cyborg (22-2, 1NC) beat Tonya Evinger for the title, eventually losing it to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232. Speaking after her win against Budd, Cyboreg reflected on her loss and what it meant to her.
“When I lost that title, I got out of the cage, I was not feeling sad,” Cyborg stated, via MMA Fighting. “I’m speaking real. I feel like something got off my back. I walk over there I did an interview, I know all the walls have the writings, I remembered every single part [of UFC 232]. I did the interview, and I was not sad.”
It took a long time for Cris Cyborg to make it to the UFC. Her relationship with Dana White was rocky at best. Once Dana was “out of the Cyborg business“, Bellator President Scott Coker swooped in to pick her up. She believes losing the UFC belt brought her to where she is today: holding more gold.
“I feel like everything happen for a reason. If I not lost that belt that day, I was not here now champion in Bellator,” Cyborg went on to say. “Here I’m happy. There I was not happy. I was working, I feel I was a slave, and I was not happy. Here I’m happy, something I choose to be.”
“When I came here and heard I was going to fight at The Forum, I said God is amazing,” Cyborg continued. “I lost my belt here, I back here and fight, I got a title. I worked really hard for this fight. I always work hard and I feel happy to have the opportunity and make history. This is going to be the only fighter to get four titles. It just means we never quit. It doesn’t matter how hard it is during your career, I had a lot of downs, good times in my career but I don’t quit. It makes me strong.”
Now that she is in a new home, the possibilities are endless for Cyborg. There have been talks of a Grand Prix within the division, as well as a rematch with Budd. While her relationship with Dana was tedious at best, Cyborg is more than happy to partner up with Coker once again.
“I’m really happy to work with Bellator,” Cyborg stated. “This is my new home. A new era. I don’t have any problems around. The boss wants to work with the fighters. I don’t have any problem. Just very thankful to be here working for Bellator.”