Cris Cyborg’s MMA promotion sets new attendance record in Brazil

Cris “Cyborg” Justino breaks attendance record with her MMA promotion in the state of Parana, Brazil.

Cris “Cyborg” Justino recently made headlines when she parted ways with the UFC to sign with Bellator. Now it is Justino’s MMA promotion, Nacao Cyborg that is making noise and breaking records. Justino recently announced that this promotion that she runs alongside her brother Rafael Justino has just set a new attendance record in the state of Parana, Brazil.

“I’m happy to announce my mixed combat event Nacao Cyborg set an attendance record last weekend with 4,080 tickets sold making it the second most attended combat sporting event in the Brazilian state of Paraná during the past 10 years behind only my UFC debut at UFC 198 in Curitiba,” Justino wrote.

This was the sixth visit to the state by this promotion with each visit seeing a better turnout. This most recent event set a new record with 4,080 tickets sold. That number set the event at the second-largest crowd in the area, UFC 198 was the largest. UFC 198 was the first fight for Justino in the UFC back in 2016 when she fought Leslie Smith at a 140-pound catchweight.

The event which is described by Justino as a “mixed combat event” features both professional and amateur bouts. The promotion also recently landed a television deal in Brazil on Brazilian TV Station BAND TV. The promotion shows no sign of slowing down and could continue to set records in the future.

As for Justino, she is set to make her Bellator debut on Jan. 20, as she takes on Julia Budd for the Bellator featherweight title. After losing her title to Amanda Nunes, Justino decided to leave the UFC after some bad blood with UFC president Dana White. Her deal with Bellator was called “the biggest contract in women’s MMA history” by Bellator president Scott Coker.