Cris Cyborg’s free agency tenure is now in the rear-view mirror after slightly more than one month.
On Tuesday afternoon, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker posted to Twitter that the promotion has signed Cris Cyborg to a contract.
Cyborg’s free agency began on July 27 in the aftermath of what would prove to be her final appearance in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a decision win in the UFC 240 co-main event vs. Felicia Spencer.
At the outset of Cris Cyborg’s free agency, the UFC held negotiation exclusivity in an effort to try to retain her.
In the ensuing days, however, the talks soured and eventually failed.
On Aug. 1, UFC President Dana White granted the former champion her unconditional release, saying: “I’m gonna release her from her contract. I will not match any offers, she is free and clear to go to Bellator or any other organizations and fight these easy fights that she wants. Done. Done deal.”
In addition to these remarks, Dana White also had this to say when he was announcing that the retention talks between the UFC and her camp had failed:
“I will literally, today, have my lawyers draft a letter to her team that she is free and clear to go wherever she wants. We’re out of the Cyborg business.”
32 days later, Cyborg, who competes as a Featherweight and has won the Women’s Featherweight title during her tenure in the UFC, is back in MMA with the Bellator promotion.
Cris Cyborg enters Bellator MMA having gone 4-1 in her last five fights, including the victory against Spencer in July during UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta.
As Cyborg was just announced as the newest athlete in Bellator MMA, there is no word just yet as to when she will make her Bellator promotional debut.
We wish Cris Cyborg the best in Bellator MMA and will keep tabs on information on a date, venue and opponent for her Bellator debut.
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