UFC 219 - Cris "Cyborg" Talks Holly Holm: Miesha Tate "Showed The Way"

Annette Crawford
December 29, 2017

A victor of multiple world titles as a professional boxer, Holm posted wins in her first 10 professional MMA fights, including a stunning second-round knockout of Ronda Rousey as a +525 underdog at UFC 193 that earned her the UFC women's bantamweight title.

UFC 219 is right around the corner and the highly anticipated fight between Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg will headline the PPV event this weekend in Las Vegas.

Now she's looking to make history yet again, by becoming the first woman to defeat Cyborg since her MMA debut. The 32-year-old Brazilian followed up with a second-round TKO victory over Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95 before ascending to the UFC women's featherweight championship with a third-round TKO win over Tonya Evinger as -1100 chalk at UFC 214.

Cyborg is recognized as one of the most fierce knockout artists in MMA history and is essentially taking on her first top-tier competition in her career.

"She's a 13 time boxing world champion, a multiple time kickboxing champion, she beat the unbeatable Ronda Rousey in spectacular fashion and if she goes out and beats Cyborg - everybody thinks that Cyborg is unbeatable - she beats the unbeatable, how can you deny she's the greatest female fighter of all time".

"We don't know what's going to happen", Cyborg told reporters Tuesday. I definitely am here for victory, not just to say I tried. "It's still its own fight".

With Justino temporarily sidelined, Holm, who had lost the bantamweight title to Miesha Tate in March 2016, instead fought unheralded Germaine de Randamie to determine the first featherweight champ in January.

"Miesha already showed the way. The one thing that is bad for her is if Cyborg gets her to the ground, I just don't think her ground game is that good".

"I know that this - a win with this would definitely, you know, be a huge thing for my legacy and for my career".

"... I know Holly is going to be a big challenge for me because her game is very different. But I've been training a lot and I'm ready". Or will she stand her ground and try and knock "The Preacher's Daughter" out?

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