Cris Cyborg is going on the defensive…
The 36-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist, one of Bellator’s top stars, will defend her belt next month.
Cyborg (24-2, 1 NC) is one of the greatest women’s fighters in MMA history.
The Brazil native, who fights out of California, is 3-0 in Bellator, beating Julia Budd for the women’s featherweight title in January 2020.
Cyborg has lost just once since her pro debut in 2005, to UFC double champion Amanda Nunes.
Cyborg is the only MMA fighter to win titles in four major promotions: UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator and Invicta FC.
Kavanagh (7-4) has won two in a row. The 35-year-old Ireland native, who trains out of SBG Ireland (Conor McGregor’s team in Dublin), is coming off a unanimous decision win over Katharina Lehner in October 2020.