PFL President Ray Sefo was interested in signing Cyborg, but believes that her desire to fight at featherweight is why Cyborg opted to sign with Bellator MMA.
“I think she wanted to stay in the 145-pound division,” Sefo told MMA Junkie.
There is a women’s lightweight division in the Professional Fighters League, but no women’s featherweight division at this time.
Sefo also believes that Cyborg’s past history with Bellator MMA President Scott Coker also played a factor in where she signed.
“I think she felt a little bit more comfortable because of that past history,” said Sefo. “I wish her the best.”
Coker and Cyborg previously worked together in Strikeforce, where Cyborg held the promotion’s women’s featherweight title. No word has been given at this time as to when Cyborg is going to be making her Bellator MMA debut, but Coker did state that Cyborg would immediately get a shot at the women’s featherweight title.