UFC 232 Co Main Event: Women’s Featherweight Championship Bout
This past weekend, UFC 232, held at the Forum in Inglewood, California, featured the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between former champion Jon Jones and former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson. The Co Main event of the will be the UFC Women’s Featherweight (136 to 145 lbs) Championship bout between current champion Cris Cyborg (also former Strikeforce and Invicta FC Featherweight Champion) versus current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion (126 to 135 lbs) Amanda Nunes. If Amanda wins, this will be the first time a woman has been champion of two weight divisions simultaneously, and the third fighter overall (after Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier).
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Cristiane Justino Venancio, “Cyborg” was born on July 9, 1985 in Curitiba, Brazil. She is the current UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion, the former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion, as well as the former Invicta FV World Featherweight Champion. Cyborg’s first major publicized fight when she defeated Gina Carano for the Strikeforce title on August 15, 2009 by first round technical knock-out (TKO).
Cyborg grew up wanting to play handball, a sport she discovered at the age of 12. However, when she was in college, at 19 years old, a black belt from the famous MMA school Chute Boxe (produced champions such as Vanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua) saw her play handball and asked if she would like to fight Muay Thai. Three months later, Cris took her first fight, and fell in love with the sport.
Women’s MMA Awards
Through Cyborg’s storied MMA career, she has won the 2013, 2010, and 2009 Featherweight of the Year, 2011 Female Fan Favorite of the Year, and 2009 Headline of the Year (with Gina Carano for their bout in Strikeforce). Sports Illustrated also voted her the 2009 Female Fighter of the Year.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Win Yana Kunitskaya TKO (punches) 3-Mar-18
Win Holly Holm Decision (unanimous) 30-Dec-17
Win Tonya Evinger TKO (knees) 29-Jul-17
Win Lina Länsberg TKO (punches) 24-Sep-16
Win Leslie Smith TKO (punches) 14-May-16
Win Daria Ibragimova KO (punches) 16-Jan-16
Win Faith Van Duin TKO (knees) 9-Jul-15
Win Charmaine Tweet TKO (punches) 27-Feb-15
Win Marloes Coenen TKO (punches and elbows) 13-Jul-13
Win Fiona Muxlow TKO (knees and punches) 5-Apr-13
NC Hiroko Yamanaka NC (overturned) 17-Dec-11
Win Jan Finney TKO (knee to the body) 26-Jun-10
Win Marloes Coenen TKO (punches) 30-Jan-10
Win Gina Carano TKO (punches) 15-Aug-09
Win Hitomi Akano TKO (punches) 11-Apr-09
Win Yoko Takahashi Decision (unanimous) 4-Oct-08
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Win Shayna Baszler TKO (punches) 26-Jul-08
Win Marise Vitoria TKO (stomps) 25-Nov-06
Win Elaine Santiago TKO (corner stoppage) 21-May-06
Win Chris Schroeder TKO (punches) 28-Jan-06
Win Vanessa Porto Decision (unanimous) 20-Nov-05
Loss Erica Paes Submission (kneebar) 17-May-05
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