Cris Cyborg To Defend Her Featherweight Belt on November 12 in Florida

Published 10/07/2021, 10:17 AM EDT
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)


Bellator President Scott Coker appeared at a recent episode of the MMA Hour show. While chatting with Ariel Helwani he announced a piece of big news. Bellator featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg is set to return to action at Bellator 271. She will defend her throne against Irish fighter Sinead Kavanagh.

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Cyborg defended her title against Leslie Smith in her last fight at Bellator 259 in May. The Brazilian fighter will look to establish her legacy furthermore in her newfound home in Bellator MMA. A win against Kavanaugh will mark Cyborg’s fifth consecutive triumph since her UFC 232 loss against Amanda Nunes.

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Cyborg joined Bellator after her UFC 240 win against Felicia Spencer. She has won all 3 of her fights in the promotion. What’s more impressive is the fact that the 36-year-old fighter has finished all of her last 3 opponents.

Cris Cyborg is one of the best ever in women’s MMA

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Cyborg is one of the pioneers of women’s MMA. She has been a pro since 2005 and has fought in organizations like Elite XC, Strikeforce, Invicta FC, Bellator, and obviously the UFC. Also, Cyborg has held championship belts almost everywhere she has competed in her career. An astounding professional record of 24-2-1 is a benchmark in its own merit.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Cris Cyborg of Brazil celebrates after her TKO victory over Yana Kunitskaya of Russia in their women’s featherweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Gina Carano, Holly Holm, Leslie Smit, and more are some of her most notable wins as a professional. The Brazilian star also holds a massive 20 finishes in her career. 19 T/KO and 1 submission win comprise those numbers for her.

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No fighter has come close to being a match to Cyborg in Bellator. It will be interesting to see if Kavanagh can surprise her with an element of surprise from her arsenal. Otherwise, it will be another walk in the park for Cyborg.

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Apratim Banerjee is a senior UFC 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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