Cris “Cyborg” Justino had an opportunity to make historical past in the principle occasion of Bellator 238 on Saturday night time when she challenged Julia Budd for the ladies’s featherweight championship. A win and Cyborg would internet her fourth world title in 4 completely different main MMA organizations (Bellator, UFC, Invicta FC, Strikeforce).
It took longer than most anticipated, however Cyborg’s vicious precision placing was an excessive amount of for Budd to beat and Cyborg certainly added one other belt to the mantle. She defeated Budd through TKO at 1:14 of the fourth spherical to turn out to be the ladies’s 145-pound champion at The Discussion board in Inglewood, Calif., dwell on DAZN.
“I respect Julia,” Cyborg mentioned in her postfight interview. “She was a very long time undefeated. I am actually blissful. It is a new period. I am blissful to be a Bellator champion.”
Cyborg (22-2, one no-contest) let Budd know from the opening horn that she was going to should outstrike her to retain her title for the fourth time; the Brazilian threw the whole arsenal on the toes. Budd briefly negated the plan by getting Cyborg to have interaction in a clinching battle. Close to the top of the primary spherical, Cyborg slipped whereas she threw a head kick that allowed Budd to be on high and maybe steal the spherical and set the struggle’s tone. Budd, nevertheless, threw an unlawful knee to Cyborg’s head and referee Mike Beltran noticed it. He broke up the fighters and gave Cyborg time to get well.
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Within the second, Cyborg continued to work on controlling the standup at distance and contained in the clinch with vicious knees at any time when Budd tried to return to the clinch and hold her at bay. A lot of the identical occurred within the third spherical till Cyborg related on a proper hand and went down with a fatigued Budd to the mat. When the 10-second horn went off, Cyborg transitioned to the mount place and tried to complete Budd by unloading a sequence of heavy ground-and-pound punches. She ran out of time.
After that, there was a way the top was close to, and Cyborg made certain the struggle did not get to a fifth and remaining spherical. The 34-year-old got here out just like the Cyborg from her Chute Field days and stormed proper at Budd with a flurry of onerous pictures that began with a proper hand to the physique. Budd was attempting as onerous as she may to outlive, however another vicious physique shot despatched the Canadian packing and a brand new champion was topped.
The TKO provides Cyborg back-to-back wins and her 17th profession victory by means of stoppage. Budd (13-Three) had her 11-fight profitable streak snapped.
Bellator 238 outcomes
Darrion Caldwell def. Adam Borics through submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:20 of the primary spherical.Juan Archuleta def. Henry Corrales by unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).Sergio Pettis def. Alfred Khashakyan through submission (guillotine choke) at Three:00 of the primary spherical. Raymond Daniels def. Jason King by TKO at Three:07 of the primary spherical.Emilee King def. Ava Knight through submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:18 of the primary spherical.Joshua Jones def. Brandon Bender by unanimous choice (30-26, 30-27, 29-27).Aaron Pico def. Daniel Carey through knockout at zero:15 of the second spherical.AJ Agazarm def. Adel Altamimi by submission (triangle choke) at 1:22 of the third spherical.Jay-Jay Wilson def. Mario Navarro through submission (armbar) at 2:48 of the second spherical.Miguel Jacob def. David Pacheco by unanimous choice (30-27, 30-26, 30-27).Anthony Taylor def. Chris Avila through majority choice (28-28, 29-28, 29-28).Curtis Millender def. Moses Murrietta by unanimous choice (30-27, 30-26, 30-26).