Cris Cyborg


Fight with Spencer targeted for Edmonton
May 30, 2019
Cyborg is in line to face Felicia Spencer in a featherweight matchup in the co-main event of UFC 240 in Edmonton, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Cyborg has been in search of a bounce-back fight since her loss to current two-division champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 232, and a fearless Spencer will step in. Spencer had a six-pack of victories in the all-female Invicta FC promotion before making her UFC debut against Megan Anderson on May 18, where she dominated en route to first-round submission. Cyborg is a much, much different story. A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Andre Galvao, the chances of Cyborg being taken down and worked in a similar manner are slim. She's defended takedowns at a rate of 91 percent in her UFC tenure, so Spencer will likely have to resort to her striking in this one. The two women measure up roughly equally, but a kickboxing match against Cyborg has been a really bad idea for any opponent not named Amanda Nunes to date. Furthermore, this is supposedly the last fight on Cyborg's UFC contract, and while it's unclear where negotiations stand, she'll clearly want to go out on a high not if this is her last Octagon appearance.
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KO'd in Round 1 at UFC 232
December 29, 2018
Cyborg was defeated by Amanda Nunes via KO (punch) at 0:51 of Round 1 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
This was a wild fight. Both fighters came out swinging. Nunes was too fast for Cyborg and tagged her immediately. Cyborg was rocked. To her credit, Cyborg kept throwing, but Nunes continually landed punches and eventually put Cyborg down.
Fight versus Nunes now official
August 22, 2018
Cyborg will officially fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
This superfight has been in the works for quite some time now, though a deal was always expected to get done. With a date now set, Cyborg, who owns a 20-1 career record, will be set to take on a very tough challenger in Nunes, who has won seven consecutive fights and is the current Bantamweight champion. Cyborg herself is a champion as well, currently sitting at the top of the Featherweight class and also widely considered to be the No. 1 female fighter in the world, so this should be a highly anticipated battle between a couple of the women's top maulers. Both fighters stand 5-foot-8, though Nunes will enter the fith with a one-inch reach advantage.
Working toward date for Nunes fight
July 12, 2018
Cyborg (20-1-0) and Amanda Nunes (16-4-0) have agreed to fight, but the featherweight and bantamweight champions have yet to settle on a date for the showdown, Damon Martin of reports.
The UFC has been teasing a superfight between the two champions for a while now, and it appears negotiations still remain ongoing. If the two fighters' respective Twitter accounts are any indication, Cyborg prefers to stage the fight at UFC 228 in Dallas on Sept. 8, while Nunes has already signed a bout agreement at UFC 232 in Las Vegas on Dec. 29. It's expected that a matchup between the two will eventually come to fruition, but one of the fighters may have to make a concession before it becomes a reality. Cyborg's last fight came at UFC 222 in March, when she scored a TKO win over Yana Kunitskaya.
Hints at transition to boxing
May 6, 2018
Cyborg told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports that she has two more fights on her UFC deal and then wants to transition to boxing.
Cyborg was in attendance at Saturday's boxing event at the StubHub Center in California, as she's reportedly considering Cecilia Braekhus (who defeated Kali Reis via unanimous decision) as a potential opponent. Prior to that, however, Cyborg will have to complete her UFC deal, which will likely include facing the winner of a June matchup between Megan Anderson and Holly Holm, in addition to potentially facing current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Cyborg won't turn 33 until July, so there is seemingly enough time to give boxing a shot while still leaving the door open for a return to MMA later in her career.
Destroys Yana Kunitskaya, easily defends title at UFC 222
March 3, 2018
Cyborg easily retained her UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Yana Kunitskaya via TKO (punches) at 3:25 of Round 1 at UFC 222 in Las Vegas.
Cyborg is quickly approaching Demetrious Johnson territory. That means she has all but cleaned out her division and her popularity and ability to drive ratings could easily decline because the company cannot find a legitimate challenger for her title. It's not as if Kunitskaya deserved an opportunity, but the UFC had no other choice. They created the division to have Cyborg as it's champion and two title defenses later, they are all but out of options. As she showed once again on Saturday, Cyborg has twice as much power in her hands as any woman on the roster. Someone will beat her eventually because that's how this sport works, but good luck guessing who it will be. It would be pointless to speculate on Cyborg's next challenger because there is no one that makes obvious sense at the moment.