Cyborg signs with Bellator

September 3, 2019

Bellator announced the signing of Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino on Tuesday.  According to the promotion, it’s the largest contract in women’s MMA history although financial details were not disclosed.

Cyborg will compete in the women’s 145-pound weight class according to Bellator’s press release announcing the signing.  The contract is a multi-year, multi-fight contract.

Cyborg’s last fight in the UFC was this past July at UFC 240 against Felicia Spencer.  Dana White announced that it would not resign the former champion and the company waived its 90-day exclusive period for negotiating a new contract.

Payout Perspective:

The writing seemed to be on the wall for Cyborg as the UFC did not want her anymore.  Moving to Bellator will bring some notoriety to the women’s division that includes former opponent Leslie Smith.  But Cyborg’s signing should infuse some energy into the women’s division which has not been heavily promoted.  It is interesting that Bellator announced the signing as the largest in women’s MMA history considering the pay received by Ronda Rousey.

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