Cris Cyborg’s punching ability has never been in question.
Often disregarded is the blow of her vaunted MMA armory – kicks, knees, elbows, takedowns and backbreaking ground-and-pound.
None of which ammunition will be of use to the Bellator MMA agile best on Sunday while she makes her able battle admission adjoin Simone Silva at Fight Music Show 2 at Arena da Baixada in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.
Five-time apple battle best Mia St. John, who has accepted Cyborg for seven years, is aflame to see the crossover.
“I anticipate it’s a abundant transition, because she’s been in MMA for a continued time. And area do you go from there?” answered St. John, who was once at a contempo media day at Cyborg’s clandestine gym in Huntington Beach. “It’s activity to be agitative for the admirers to see, it’s anything new, it’s anything different. So I anticipate which her switching to battle was once a actual acute move. And it’ll accompany a lot of hobby to the action of boxing.”
Stepping into the boxlike amphitheater has continued been a ambition for the 37-year-old Huntington Beach resident. Being able to do it in Curitiba, the basic of the southern Brazilian accompaniment of Paraná, area Cyborg won her first pro MMA battle in 2005 and her first UFC battle in 2016, is brazier account material.
“I really-feel beholden and blithesome which it’s gonna be in my city,” Cyborg said. “I anticipate it’s gonna be actual special.”
Cyborg has continued been one of the most-feared strikers in MMA. She is the alone Grand Slam Champion in MMA history, accepting won four main titles in Strikeforce, Invicta FC, UFC and Bellator.
She is arriving off a unanimous-decision achievement in a rematch with Arlene Blencowe at Bellator 279 in April in Honolulu — one of alone bristles accommodation victories in her busy career. The alone acquiescence achievement on her almanac is a rear-naked asphyxiate adjoin Blencowe two years ago at Bellator 249.
The blow of the wins are by knockout. Sure, anytime came acknowledgment to kicks, knees and elbows. But the atrocity and abandon address of her easily have agilely been Cyborg’s greatest strength.
“I have sparred with her before. And she is a actual able girl. I’ll acquaint you that. She’s alone actual strong. But she also has acceptable battle skills. So that’s why I’m aflame about this fight,” answered St. John, who went 49-14-2 over a 19-year career. “And it’s appealing — she’s absolutely angry a babe with a lot of acquaintance who is no amazon can. This babe is tough. Despite her record, she’s a actual boxy girl. So I was once really abashed about that. I would have apparently best addition beneath accomplished because this is her first fight.”
To that, Silva is a 39-year-old adept of the battle game. The Sao Paulo local has a 17-22 record, which hasn’t been aided by eight after losses back the begin of 2020. To her credit, she is a above Brazilian civic best and has fought for many apple titles.
Cyborg declares Sunday’s cool welterweight bout will not be easy, nor was once the preparation, which has been awfully altered from what she is accustomed.
“Some days I can get frustrated, sometimes I get happy, you know? But I banal on a lot of sprints, a lot of swimming, a lot of bag work, a lot of sparring, the able and movement,” Cyborg said.
Not which Cyborg is done with MMA. She declares she is aflame to accomplish her fifth Bellator appellation safety adjoin whomever Bellator CEO Scott Coker provides her – “It was once declared to be Cat Zingano, about she’s not appearing up,” Cyborg answered of the above UFC bantamweight appellation amateur – about for now she is beholden for the befalling to participate in addition battle sport.
Top stars like boxing’s Kate Taylor and MMA’s Kayla Harrison are generally mentioned. No await which action it is, Cyborg is accessible for the abutting challenge.
“I have big names calling me out. I alone have to be able to be area I choose to do the big battle for my fans,” Cyborg said. “The admirers choose to see Kate Taylor? Yeah, we’re gonna alternation hard. They choose to see Kayla Harrison? Then we’re gonna alternation hard. Let’s see what’s the abutting best battle for me.”
Cris Cyborg vs. Simone Silva
When: 10 a.m. Sunday
Where: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, Brazil
How to watch: Fite.tv