In just over a month’s time, one of the very best fights in the history of women’s mixed martial arts will take place, as featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is set to defend her 145-pound strap against ex-bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 219 on Dec 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ahead of the highly anticipated fight, Cyborg recently claimed to have inside information on Holm’s training camp:
“Believe it or not, I’ve actually had a few Brazilians who have trained in New Mexico share things with me about her training,” Cyborg told FanSided.
Despite that statement, however, Cyborg isn’t planning to use the information. The Brazilian slugger instead said that she’s expecting the best version of “The Preacher’s Daughter” and that her team has planned exactly for that:
“While I appreciate them wanting to see me succeed and continue to represent Brazil as a champion, I haven’t really let what they’ve said influence my training,” Cyborg said. “At the end of the day, I don’t care what type of training she is doing for her confidence, wrestling or boxing, my team is preparing me for the best version of Holly Holm.”
“Holly is a unique fighter. However, she has done a lot of rounds of boxing, and even in MMA she has more career fight time than I do,” she continued. “My team has been able to view a lot of fight footage of her and brought in specific fighters who can replicate how she strikes and the sequences she likes to do with her offense.”
Who do you expect to come out on top when Cyborg and Holm meet?