Cris Cyborg Pens Powerful Message on Women’s Day-Says Promoters Were Not Giving Female Athletes a Chance

Published 03/09/2021, 1:42 AM EST
INGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 25: Cris Cyborg (blue gloves) in the cage after defeating Julia Budd in their featherweight world title fight at The Forum on January 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Cyborg won by TKO in the 4th round. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Former UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is currently contracted under Bellator MMA and is the promotion’s reigning featherweight champion. She took to Twitter recently to express her gratitude to Bellator President Scott Coker.

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On the occasion of Women’s day, Bellator MMA’s social media handle showed their appreciation towards their female athletes. Cyborg noticed that and thanked Scott Coker for giving the female athletes a platform to compete.

She believes many other promoters and organizations are not willing to show this type of treatment to female athletes.

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Fact @ScottCoker gave women’s MMA a platform when other promoters were saying female athletes would never compete in their organizations,” wrote Cyborg. Former UFC superstar Cat Zingano is also a part of Bellator’s roster.

Cyborg is a true legend of MMA as she has conquered world championships in multiple organizations. She is a former UFC, Strikeforce, Invicta FC featherweight champion and currently holds the Bellator MMA featherweight belt.

CURITIBA, BRAZIL – MAY 14: (L-R) Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino of Brazil celebrates after defeating Leslie Smith in their women’s catchweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 

A win over Felicia Spencer at UFC 240, following her UFC 232 loss to Amanda Nunes, was the legend’s final act in the UFC. After some issues with UFC President Dana White, Cyborg joined Bellator MMA. She captured the Bellator title by defeating Julia Budd by TKO upon her promotional debut.

After her January 2020 triumph, Cyborg defended her throne in October by defeating Arlene Blencowe by submission. She is yet to compete in 2021.

Cris Cyborg parked her van near UFC Apex during UFC 259

Since her UFC 232 loss to Amanda Nunes, the duo has been linked about a rematch. With Nunes in action in the co-main event of UFC 259, Cyborg kept a close eye. She, in fact, parked her RV near the UFC’s Apex facility.

That didn’t escape UFC President Dana White‘s notice. Cyborg and White happen to share a colorful relationship historically. When asked about the recent incident, White said, “I put out a video of her getting KO’d from 57 different angles the other day so Touché for parking her van out front”

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It’s unlikely we will get to see a rematch between two of the greatest fighters in the history of women’s MMA anytime soon. Nunes and Cyborg don’t even compete in the same organization anymore. And Cyborg seems more than happy with her time in Bellator MMA.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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