Cristiane Justino, 32, who is professionally known as Cris Cyborg, will defend her UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion title from Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, 36, at “UFC 219” on Dec. 30, Saturday. The latter is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
Since Holm is considered the underdog in this match, it is easy for Rose “Thug” Namajunas to sympathize with her. On Nov. 4, the latter was the underdog when she challenged former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who ended up losing the title.
Recently, Namajunas told TMZ Sports that she is rooting for Holm. The reigning UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion said that the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has already proven that “if she’s the underdog, she can surprise people.”
On Nov. 14, 2015, Holm made headlines when she dethroned then UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. Maintaining her undefeated record, the former only needed one five-minute round and another 59 seconds to knock out the latter via head kick at at “UFC 193.”
But beating Rousey was immediately followed by a brief losing streak for Holm. The latter lost to Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie at “UFC 196,” “UFC on Fox: Holm vs Shevchenko” and “UFC 208,” respectively.
Tate broke Holm’s winning streak by submitting her via rear-naked choke on March 5, 2016. Both Shevchenko and de Randamie defeated Holm via unanimous decision on July. 23, 2016 and Feb. 11, respectively.
On June 17, Holm had her redemptive win when she faced Bethe Correia at “UFC Fight Night: holm vs. Correia” in Kallang, Singapore. The former knocked out the latter via head kick and punch at 1:09 of Round 3.
Holm’s current professional MMA record is 11 wins and 3 losses. Cyborg, on the other hand, has 18 wins, 1 loss and 1 No Contest.
On Dec. 17, 2011, Cyborg knocked out Hiroko Yamanaka at “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.” However, the result was overturned when the latter tested positive for stanozolol.
Cyborg’s only loss was from her professional MMA debut at “Show Fight 2,” where she was submitted by Erica Paes via kneebar. Meanwhile, watch the “UFC 219” weigh-ins here: