Photo courtesy Cris Cyborg’s Facebook
Saturday night Cris “Cyborg” Justino made history.
It took four rounds for the featherweight legend to defeat former champion Julia Budd and gain her fourth world title in her fourth organization at Bellator 238 in Los Angeles. It was her 18th finish of her career.
We were there to cover all the action from the card and get post fight reaction.
Cyborg was somewhat humbled by her title win, stating she will be giving her title belt to a child named Ryan in South Africa battling cancer. She stated she learned to be patient and more controlled over the years and looks forward to her next challenge whomever it may be.
We asked Scott Coker about the possibility of former title challenger Arlene Blencowe being in line for a title shot.
“(Blencowe) is number one on my list,” Coker proclaimed to us. “She has been blowing up our matchmaker wanting the fight.”
You can see the Cyborg’s post fight scrum below.
Budd was disappointed in her loss, stated she waived from her game plan. She also wants to get back in the cage soon to get back in the hunt.
You can see Budd’s post fight scrum below.
In what was the opening match of the main card, Emilee King upset boxing champion Ava Knight by rear naked choke in round 1. The Tenneesee native strawweight is now 4-3 as a pro.
We asked Coker if Bellator was planning an opening a strawweight division, with the company already having King, Knight, and Keri Melendez fighting at that weight. He told us they are only concentrating on the two women’s divisions they already have and not expecting to open it anytime soon.
You can see King’s scrum below.
We did get some news about the flyweight division in Coker as well.
Although a featherweight grand prix is not in the mix this year, he did express that a women’s flyweight grand prix was a real possability. If it is going to happen, it would start in September.
Coker also told us Liz Carmouche is expected to make her Bellator debut before April.