Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has reached another major milestone in the field of martial arts.
Just 10 days after her first successful title defense against Arelene Blencowe at Bellator 249, Justino earned her black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She defeated Blencove via submission which was her first-ever victory on the ground.
Cyborg was promoted to black belt under Rubens Maciel – one of the best BJJ practitioners in recent history.
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8 years as a brown belt in BJJ and today I received the honor and privilege to call myself a @cobrinhacharles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. 🙏 thank you to all the coaches who’ve helped me evolve from an athlete into a martial artist. BLACK BELT IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF A NEW JOURNEY #gratitude 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 8 anos como faixa-marrom de Jiu-Jitsu e hoje recebi a honra e o privilégio de me denominar faixa-preta de Jiu Jitsu @cobrinhacharles 🙏 obrigada a todos os treinadores que me ajudaram a evoluir de uma atleta para uma artista marcial. 💪🏻🙏 A FAIXA PRETA È SÓ O COMEÇO DE UMA NOVA JORNADA #gratidão
“Eight years as a brown belt in BJJ and today I received the honor and privilege to call myself a [Cobrinha] Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt,” she wrote. “Thank you to all the coaches who’ve helped me evolve from an athlete into a martial artist. Black belt is just the beginning of a new journey.”