Cris Cyborg’s power has translated well to her foray into boxing.
On Saturday night, Cyborg faced off with Gabrielle Holloway in her second match of the year in the sweet science. After taking a fight in Brazil a few months back, Cyborg faced Gabrielle Holloway as part of the Terence Crawford vs. David Avanesyan card at CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
The event aired live on BLK Prime pay-per-view.
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Cyborg (26-2, 1NC MMA, 2-0 boxing) earned a knockdown in the third round of the fight, backing Holloway up against the ropes and ripping the body. A few more shots landed to the head as Holloway dropped to a knee, after which the referee gave her a standing eight count.
Holloway made it back to her feet and continued, but was clipped early in the final round of the four-round affair. Brazil’s Cyborg never appeared to be in any danger, and the broadcast team could be heard suggesting the fight was prime to be stopped in the final frame.
The unanimous decision victory improved Cyborg’s record in the sport to 2-0, with her first match coming against Simone Silva, sanctioned by Brazil’s Associaçáo Paranaense De Lutas Commission.
Ahead of the fight, Cyborg had visited the grave site of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, and his son, the late actor Brandon Lee, for inspiration.
“Bruce Lee was such a great influence on Martial Arts and the art of fighting that and my visit was a chance to pay my respects and a time to reflect on my own journey and goals as I get set to head to Omaha Nebraska for Saturday night’s fight,” Cyborg was quoted as saying ahead of the fight.
The Bellator MMA women’s featherweight champion is expected to return to the cage in 2023, meanwhile. Having last fought in April, where she defended her title against Arlene Blencowe, Cat Zingano is potentially next for Cyborg, who rides a current six-fight win streak in MMA.
Cyborg’s only loss since her debut in 2005 came at the hands of Amanda Nunes in 2018.