Cris Cyborg defeats the game Holly Holm

December 30, 2017 No Comments

You knew when these two ladies, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Holly Holm met, it was going to be another MMA classic.

On Saturday, December 30, 2017, amongst all the exciting College Football Bowl games, Holly Holm (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) came up short of becoming the first female in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes when she dropped a unanimous decision to the very best Female Mixed Martial Artist of our day, 32-year-old Cristiane Cyborg Justino (19-1, 16 KOs MMA, 4-0 UFC) in their Pay-per-view main event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


As in the past, Cyborg underwent another grueling experience of losing the necessary weight to get down to the 145 pound catchweight. What’s so amazing about this lady’s career is the fact she hasn’t lost an MMA match since her very first fight, 12 years, 7 months and 13 days ago.

Cris Cyborg Justino hasn’t lost an MMA match since her debut against this lady, Erica Paes, which took place on May 17, 2005, when Cyborg was just 19 years of age.

With Cris Cyborg, from Huntington Beach, Calif. by way of Pacific Beach, San Diego, Calif. by way of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and her former husband, Evangelista Cyborg Santos being one-time instructors at the largest combined MMA & Boxing gym in San Diego, you can imagine how many locals were all smiles after her latest success on the World Stage.

Below photo from the pre-fight weigh-in features the grim, surly, menacing look of both the CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dana White (c) plus Joe Rogan (r), the stand-up comedian, color commentator, television and podcast host, actor, commentator, know-it-all, etc. as casual observers.

Back and forth they went with both ladies on the receiving end of some brutal shots to both the midsection and face.

In the end, Cris Cyborg Justino won a unanimous decision.

Above is a copy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s official scorecard from Saturday night and considering the almost constant bombardment of heavy blows to Holly Holm’s head, you could say the judges were not giving Cyborg sufficient credit for her power advantage. Judges Hagen and Lee even had the fight tied after four rounds. Fortunately, all three judges came to the same conclusion in the final stanza.  

At the Press Conference after her big win, the banged-up Cris Cyborg Justino was as polite as ever and gave much credit to her opponent, Holly Holm, for giving her such a competitive fight.

The tell-tale signs of which MMA fighter got the worst of it on Saturday evening were right there on Holly Holm’s face.

MMA Ring announcer/color commentator Carlos Kremer’s pre-fight message to Cris Cyborg before Saturday’s fight: “Brave Combat Federation wants to give our best wishes for the continued success of our dear friend The Champ Cris Cyborg on her fight tonight against Holly Holm. Four plus years ago, long before your time in the UFC, I interviewed you in-studio and called you “The Baddest Woman on the Planet”. It’s frightening to think that since then, you’ve improved so dramatically in every aspect of your game while working with the greats like @cobrinhacharles, @galvaobjj, @gabigarciaoficial, @titoortiz1999 and more. As the most Fierce Women’s Fighter in the game today, you have worked so hard to perfect your craft and I never doubted that you would be right here as the champion. No one has worked harder. Friends, enjoy the show tonight. Cris hasn’t lost an MMA fight for 12 years and she’s only just begun her reign of terror. I think Cyborg takes it by submission in the late second or third round. Who do you like to win tonight in the Main Event?” 

SportofBoxing’s reply: “Like you, we have always been a big fan of this young lady and know first hand she is beautiful inside and out. Cris Cyborg’s phenomenal accomplishments and yet struggles to make ends meet remind us of tennis star Billy Jean King and her fellow crusaders. The former World No. 1 professional tennis player, who like Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, Rhonda Rousey, and Gina Carano ultimately had to make a stand and put everything she had on the line against her miserly male counterparts who ran their organization. On September 20, 1973, King faced off against Bobby Riggs in an exhibition match dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.” At that time, the tightwads, male chauvinist pigs were Jack Kramer and Bobby Riggs. King ultimately won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles and also won a record 20 championship titles at Wimbledon and yet she was paid a pittance of what the men received. By defeating Bobby Riggs, that all changed. 

Carlos Kremer: “Agreed. It’s really fascinating to watch history unfold and the pioneers get their due and erase doubt. Another historic women’s main event.”

(photo, bottom, right) While training at The Arena in Point Loma, Cris Cyborg would often train with fellow MMA standout K. J. Noons who is well remembered for his two all-out battles with fellow Strikeforce and UFC welterweight Nick Diaz.

One of the most dominant and feared fighters in the sport for the better part of the last decade, Cyborg was often discussed as a possible opponent for Ronda Rousey during her reign atop the women’s bantamweight division, but there was one major stumbling block. Cyborg, who competes at featherweight and stands 5’8″ tall, is as they say a physical specimen with great muscle tone. She often struggles to make the 145-pound limit. So, for Cris Cyborg to drop an additional 10 pounds, down to 135 pounds, it seems impossible.

Not the egotistical type, Cris Cyborg went to both Claressa Shields (top) and Cecilla Braekhus (below), both World Champion Boxers, and asked them for some help with her boxing and striking skills.

Now that we’ve shown our true colors, our extreme admiration for Cris Cyborg Justino, you would think this would be the proper time to drag out all those great photos of our heroine. Well, you’re right.

Back in 2014, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Cristiane Cyborg took part in the filming of this “B” grade movie called ‘Fight Valley’ shot in Philadelphia. During the movie, the gals shared all kinds of set photos and behind the scene stuff. You would have thought this situation would be awkward, but as true professionals, it was reported that everyone got along just fine.

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