Bellator 238: Cris Cyborg pounds out Julia Budd to earn historic fourth world championship
Cris Cyborg (22-2-0) became the first fighter in the modern MMA era to win a world championship in four different MMA promotions Saturday night with a TKO victory over Canadian Julia Budd (13-3-0) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Budd looked up to the challenge early, trading strikes in the middle of the cage, but ultimately withered under the offensive onslaught of Cyborg in the later rounds.
😳 Ouch! Round 3️⃣is winding down!
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) January 26, 2020
An illegal knee by Budd in the first frame did little to stop the momentum of Cyborg. She piled up the strikes in the second and third rounds, with some ground and pound for good measure. While Budd stood tough, she could do little else until she finally crumpled from a body kick early at 1:14 of the fourth round.
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) January 26, 2020
With the win, Cyborg has now collected belts in Bellator, UFC, Invicta FC, and Strikeforce.
Congrats to @criscyborg for making history… again. 💛 Such an energy to have to stand across from.. and congrats to @JuliaBudd for putting up such a tough fight. That was a 🔥main event. Hope they run it back cause @BellatorMMA just got a whole lot more interesting. ☄️ #respect
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) January 26, 2020
Cyborg’s willingness to return to her aggressive ways was key, which puts her shocking loss to Amanda Nunes two fights ago in December 2018 at UFC 232 firmly in the rear-view mirror.
In other bouts:
DARRON CALDWELL DEF. ADAM BORICS VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:20
JUAN ARCHULETA DEF. HENRY CORRALES VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
SERGIO PETTIS DEF. ALRED KHASHAKYAN VIA TECH SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 3:00
RAYMOND DANIELS DEF. JASON KING VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:07
EMILEE KING DEF. AVA KNIGHT VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:18
JOSHUA JONES DEF. BRANDON BENDER VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
AARON PICO DEF. DANIEL CAREY VIA KO (PUNCH) R2 0:15
AJ AGAZARM DEF. ADEL ALTAMIMI VIA SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE CHOKE) R3 1:22
JAY JAY WILSON DEF. MARIO NAVARRO VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R2 2:48
CURTIS MILLENDER DEF. MOSES MURRIETTA VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
ANTHONY TAYLOR DEF. CHRIS AVILA VIA MD (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
MIGUEL JACOB DEF. DAVID PACHECO VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 40-27)
RICARDO SEIXAS DEF. DOMINIC CLARK VIA TKO (FRONT KICK AND PUNCHES) R1 0:34
TONY BARTOVICH DEF. JARRETT CONNOR VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bellator 239 will take place Feb. 21 at the Winter World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Ed Ruth takes on undefeated Yaroslav Amosov in the welterweight main event.