Former Strikeforce women’s champion Cris Cyborg has signed a multi-fight deal with Invicta FC, and will debut for the promotion at Invicta FC 5 in April.
Cyborg (10-1) will meet Ediane Gomes, with the winner squaring off with another ex-Strikeforce champion, Marloes Coenen.
The bout will be part of the main card from the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City.
“We are thrilled to welcome Cris Cyborg, arguably the top pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, to our rapidly growing roster of world-class athletes,” said Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp. “Cris’ incredible performances in front of national TV audiences over the last few years have helped put women’s MMA on the radar of the masses.”
Cyborg was recently released from her UFC contract, as she cited a desire to compete at featherweight instead of bantamweight.
“I am excited to finally get back in the cage and to have the opportunity to fight for Invicta Fighting Championships, which has shown a tremendous amount of commitment to furthering the growth of women’s MMA,” said Cyborg. “I will be ready on April 5 for Ediane and I plan to dominate my competition as I’ve done in the past.”
Julia Budd, who was originally scheduled to face Gomes, will now meet Fiona Muxlow on the card.