Last night, the UFC closed out the year 2017 with UFC 219, a stacked card out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the main event of this anticipated pay-per-view, UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg attempted her first title defense opposite former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm. In advance of this fight, Holm was considered one of the toughest tests of Cyborg’s incredible career thus far, and as it turns out, these suspicions proved accurate.
Despite Cyborg’s fight-ending power and trademark aggression, Holm hung in there for five, fun rounds, even rattling the champ with strikes of her own on a few occasions. In the eyes of some fans, she even won a few rounds. In the end, however, Cyborg’s patience, volume, aggression and cage control earned her a just unanimous decision win.
Watch the highlights of Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm’s Fight of the Night winning war in the video at the top of this post!
With this win, which is first by decision since her first pro win in 2005, Cyborg extends her unbeaten-streak to a baffling 20-straight, while her overall record stands at an insane 19-1 (1). Since joining the UFC roster in May of 2016, she has mauled Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg in 140-pound catchweight bouts, and Tonya Evinger and Holm in featherweight title fights.
With her loss to Cyborg, Holm returns to the loss column after a thudding June knockout of Bethe Correia. This win was preceded by three straight losses – two decisions opposite Germaine de Randamie and Valentina Shevchenko, and a submission loss to Miesha Tate. This skid, finally, was preceded by a career-changing knockout win over Ronda Rousey. She’s 11-4 in sum.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 31/12/2017.