Bellator 238 results, highlights: Cris Cyborg wins featherweight title in debut with TKO of Julia Budd
Cyborg wore down Budd before scoring a fourth-round TKO
One fight into a deal Bellator president Scott Coker called maybe "the most lucrative contract in MMA history," Cris Cyborg is the promotion's women's featherweight champion. Cyborg captured the championship with a stoppage of Julia Budd in the main event of Bellator 238 from The Forum in Inglewood, California, dominating the fight before finally finishing the job in Round 4. The title-winning victory makes Cyborg the first fighter in MMA history to secure a world championship in four different promotions (Strikeforce, Invicta, UFC and Bellator).
The fight had a frantic pace at the open with Budd (13-3) showing off impressive strength in trying to muscle Cyborg (22-2) against the cage. Budd also managed to get top position on the ground, taking advantage of a Cyborg slip to find early hope. An illegal knee on the ground allowed Cyborg back to her feet after a brief referee stoppage. From that point, Cyborg took over the fight.
Budd struggled to engage offensively without eating flurries of strikes in return. Cyborg also began catching Budd's kicks and using those openings to take the fight to the ground, where she was able to overwhelm the champ with heavy punches. On the feet, Cyborg used leg kicks and body shots to soften Budd up and set up even more openings with her hands.
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Those body shots eventually paid off when Budd was trapped with her back against the cage in Round 4. As Cyborg flurried with heavy punches, she dropped a right hand to the body that brought Budd's hands down to cover her abdomen. After another body shot, Budd crumbled and referee Mike Beltran dove in to halt the fight at the 1:14 mark of the frame.
.@CrisCyborg caps off her brilliant Bellator debut with a round 4 TKO!