Cris Cyborg begins her Bellator career on Saturday in a Bellator 238 headlining bout with Julia Budd. Though many have long waited for Cyborg’s promotional debut at Bellator, it’s not a foregone conclusion that she’ll walk out of the cage victories.
While Cyborg (21-2, 1 NC) was considered the most dominant female fighter on the planet until she got knocked out by UFC champion Amanda Nunes, Budd (13-2) didn’t become the Bellator featherweight champion by accident.
Budd has only ever lost in MMA to Nunes and former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, the latter of which was more than eight years ago. She has since won 11 consecutive bouts, including defeating Marloes Coenen to become the Bellator champ. Budd has successfully defended the belt three times and looks to add a fourth when she welcomes Cyborg.
First, Budd, Cyborg, and the rest of the Bellator 238 fight card must step on the scale in Inglewood, Calif., on Friday to make their bouts official. Watch the Bellator 238: Budd vs. Cyborg weigh-in live on Friday at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com.
The Bellator 238 weigh-in video will be available for on-demand viewing immediately following the live stream.
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Bellator 238: Budd vs. Cyborg fight card
- Julia Budd vs. Cris Cyborg
- Darrion Caldwell vs. Adam Borics
- Juan Archuleta vs. Henry Corrales
- Sergio Pettis vs. Alfred Khashakyan
- Raymond Daniels vs. Jason King
- Ava Knight vs. Emilee King
- Aaron Pico vs. Daniel Carey
- A.J. Agazarm vs. Adel Altamimi
- Jay Jay Wilson vs. Mario Navarro
- David Pacheco vs. Miguel Jacob
- Anthony Taylor vs. Chris Avila
- Curtis Millender vs. Moses Murrietta
- Brandon Bender vs. Joshua Jones
- Ricardo Seixas vs. Dominic Clark
- Tony Bartovich vs. Jarrett Connor