Outside of not finishing her ninth-straight fight, there wasn’t much Cris Cyborg did wrong last night (Sat., Dec. 30, 2017) at UFC 219 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when she defeated Holly Holm via unanimous decision to retain her UFC women’s featherweight championship.
Holm gained confidence early by controlling the pace of the fight and landing some good straight punches from range. Cyborg did her own damage, though, as she caught “Preacher’s Daughter” with a nasty combination that swelled up the bridge of Holm’s nose.
Cyborg began to catch Holm almost every time she stepped in for an exchange, but Holm was earning some points for pressing the action and forcing Cyborg to throw her hands. Cyborg really started to turn it up in the fourth round by pressing Holm and changing levels with kicks and combinations.
Holm came out firing in the fifth and final frame as she partially landed a superman elbow in the center of the Octagon. Cyborg came back with hard kicks to the body and sharp counter lefts. Holm would fight back for a little bit towards the end of the round, but the damage put forth by Cyborg really showed late.
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With this performance, Cyborg extends her current unbeaten streak to 20. She truly looks unstoppable at 145 pounds and proved tonight that the promotion made a good decision to adopt an entire weight class just for her. Cyborg’s next Octagon appearance will most likely come against current Invicta FC women’s featherweight queen Megan Anderson.
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