Professionally known as Cris Cyborg, Cristiane Justino Venâncio, 34, of Curitiba, Brazil has been crowned as the new champion of Bellator MMA in the women’s featherweight division. She dethroned then champion Julia “The Jewel” Budd, 36, of Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada at “Bellator 238.”
Featuring 15 mixed martial arts bouts, Bellator MMA held “Bellator 238” at The Forum in Inglewood, California, United States on January 25, 2020. In the main event of the evening, Cyborg challenged Budd for the Bellator Women’s Featherweight World Championship title.
Mike Beltran served as the referee. He put a stop to the title bout after 1 minute and 14 seconds in the fourth round when Cyborg knocked out Budd via punches.
Winning at “Bellator 238” improved Cyborg’s professional MMA record to 22 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Budd now has 13 wins and 3 losses.
This marked Cyborg’s women’s featherweight world championship belt in the fourth promotion. She previously held the title in the same division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce and Invicta Fighting Championships.
Born in Curitiba on July 9, 1985, Cyborg started her sports career as a national-level team handball player in Brazil. Her martial arts journey started when Chute Boxe Academy trainer Rudimar Fedrigo discovered her.
Cyborg competed as a grappler from 2009 to 2012 and as a Muay Thai fighter from 2006 to 2014. As an MMA fighter, she has been competing professionally since 2005.
From 2009 to 2011, Cyborg competed in Strikeforce. She went on hiatus in 2012 before competing in Invicta FC from 2013 to early 2016.
From mid-2016 to 2019, Cyborg won six out of seven bouts in the UFC. She made her Bellator MMA debut at “Bellator 238.”
Five countries were represented at “Bellator 238” namely Brazil, Canada, Hungary, New Zealand and the U.S. Budd solely represented Canada while Cyborg was one of the two representatives of Brazil.
The co-main event was a quarter-final round of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix. Darrion “The Wolf” Caldwell, 32, of Rahway, New Jersey, USA submitted Ádám “The Kid” Borics, 26, of Hungary.