On Dec. 30, Saturday, Holly Holm was set to make history to become the second MMA fighter to defeat Cris Cyborg and the first UFC fighter to do so. But the stars did not align for her as their bout ended at via unanimous decision in favor of the reigning UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion after five five-minute rounds.
The bout between Holm and Cyborg was the main event of “UFC 219.” In the co-main event, Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov maintained his undefeated record after defeating his Brazilian opponent Edson Barboza Jr. via unanimous decision.
Holm now holds a record of 11 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, the reigning UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion’s record upgraded to 19 wins, 1 losses and 1 No Contest.
Cyborg made her professional MMA debut on May 17, 2005 at “Show Fight 2.” She lost via kneebar submission to her Brazilian opponent Erica Paes.
After the loss, Cyborg went on to enjoy a long winning streak. She went on to defeat 18 opponents including Hiroko Yamanaka although the result was eventually overturned, making it a No Contest.
Before joining UFC, Cyborg held the Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion and the Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion belts. She made a successful UFC debut on May 14, 2016 at “UFC 198” by knocking out Leslie Smith via punches.
On Sept. 24, 2016, Cyborg defeated her second UFC opponent. She knocked out Lina Lansberg via punches at “UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs Lansberg.”
Tonya Evinger is the third UFC fighter to face Cyborg. The latter knocked out the former via knees at “UFC 214” on July 29.