Three years in the past, one of many consensus finest feminine fighters on the planet, Cris Cyborg, made her UFC debut at UFC 198.
Late within the day on Could 14, coach Jason Parillo took to Instagram to submit an outdated picture of Cristiane Justino (aka Cris Cyborg) — three years to the day of her UFC debut.
After championship runs in Strikeforce and Invicta FC, Cyborg made her UFC debut on Could 14, 2016, throughout the primary card of UFC 198 in Brazil, the place she took on Leslie Smith.
Within the submit, Parillo might be seen wrapping Cyborg’s palms previous to her battle. In keeping with Parillo, the backstage picture was taken in the course of the second spherical of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Corey Anderson — the battle proper earlier than Cyborg’s. A final-minute hand-wrap change was wanted, and Cyborg didn’t precisely look the happiest (although she might have additionally been very centered on her nearing battle).
Cyborg ended up ending Smith in 81 seconds.
“This pic is Cris’s face realizing we’re within the second spherical of the battle earlier than her battle. And we’re doing a final min hand wrap change,” Parillo posted within the photographs’ description. “I virtually wrapped them as fast as she knocked out her opponent. It’s been a enjoyable journey champ! Trying ahead to what’s in retailer on your future!”
The bout with Smith and Cyborg’s second UFC bout, the place she took on Lina Lansberg in the primary occasion of a Brazilian Struggle Night time occasion, had been contested at a catchweight of 140 kilos. Earlier than 2017, the UFC didn’t have a ladies’s featherweight division, which Cyborg has usually competed in and been a champion in.
Cyborg ended up claiming the UFC ladies’s featherweight title at UFC 214 and made profitable defenses towards Holly Holm at UFC 219 and Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222. She misplaced the belt in her most up-to-date outing at UFC 232 towards UFC ladies’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. It was Cyborg’s first loss since her 2005 skilled debut.
Cyborg has been taking part in varied charity works within the months following her loss and he or she lately returned to battle camp. Cyborg has teased an enormous announcement concerning her future that might be revealed on her YouTube web page on Could 15 at three p.m. ET.