UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is gearing up for her first title defense match up. The fighter will be throwing down with former bantamweight champion Holly Holm at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next big pay-per-view event.
UFC 219 goes down Dec. 30 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will see Holm and Cyborg go toe-to-toe for the featherweight title. In a recent interview with Fan Sided, Cyborg revealed that she has been receiving insider information on Holm’s training camp from some of her sparring partners.
“Believe it or not, I’ve actually had a few Brazilians who have trained in New Mexico share things with me about her training,” Cyborg said.
That in mind, Cyborg claims she is not letting the insider information influence her training.
“While I appreciate them wanting to see me succeed and continue to represent Brazil as a champion, I haven’t really let what they’ve said influence my training. At the end of the day, I don’t care what type of training she is doing for her confidence, wrestling or boxing, my team is preparing me for the best version of Holly Holm.”
“Holly is a unique fighter. However, she has done a lot of rounds of boxing, and even in MMA she has more career fight time than I do,” Justino said. “My team has been able to view a lot of fight footage of her and brought in specific fighters who can replicate how she strikes and the sequences she likes to do with her offense.”
Cris Cyborg then revealed that Holm’s victory over Ronda Rousey plays a part in the upcoming match up.
“People want to know if I can beat the girl who knocked out Ronda.”