Cris Cyborg is set to officially make his boxing debut in September

Cris “Cyborg” Justino is officially back in the squared circle, but this time it’s for his first boxing match.

The current Bellator MMA Women’s Featherweight Champion announced today (Wednesday August 10, 2022) via press release that her next outing will be for a boxing match against Simone Silva (17-21) on September 25, 2022, in her city native of Curitiba, Brazil. The match will be a two-minute, eight-round, 154-pound contest, taking place at the Arena Da Baixada soccer stadium, the same venue Cyborg made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut in May 2016.

“Simone Silva is a former Brazilian national boxing champion who has boxed around the world against some of the best female champions in the sport while representing Brazil on the world stage,” Cyborg said via the statement. “She has fought for a boxing world championship four times in her career and is a proven and enduring veteran who is going to be a real challenge for my first experience inside the boxing ring. I’m excited to challenge myself in a completely different sport and see where my boxing potential measures up.

Pre-sale tickets for the event will be available this Friday, August 12, 2022. Cyborg will also be hosting an open media workout on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. PT at its private practice facility in Huntington Beach, in California. .

Cyborg, 37, has expressed interest in eventually bringing his talents to the boxing ring. This won’t be the first time she’s ventured outside of MMA, having competed in Muay Thai and grappling matches in the early 2010s.

Bellator and Chairman Scott Coker have yet to issue a public response to the news of their champion’s departure at this time, but Cyborg insists the relationship between the two parties is still intact.