Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm will square off in the UFC 219 main event Saturday night in Las Vegas.
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December has become the month where female MMA leads the combat sport surge as one year ends and another steps up to deck.
And in the main event of UFC 219 on Saturday, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm look to follow last year’s annum-closing Nunes vs Rousey with a significant and defining headline showdown.
Holm was the one to destroy ‘Rowdy’ Ronda’s invincible aura two years ago, and will once again step into the Octagon as the underdog against the UFC featherweight champion and one of the most feared women in the sport.
And yet, another scalp in Vegas at the weekend will cement Holm as a fight sport legend, having carved out a successful career in boxing before making the switch to MMA and, if things go her way, defeated two of the biggest names in UFC.
The affable Albuquerque striker was playing down the gravitas of such an achievement during media week.
She said: “You know, I know that this – a win with this would definitely, you know, be a huge thing for my legacy and for my career. But it’s definitely not something that would be — that would just define
it right now.
“Even with a win with this, I would still want to push forward and be succeeding after this fight.
“I know that there’ve been fights in my career that I’ve won and that’ve helped with what I feel is
my legacy. But each fight is not the defining fight. It’s the whole career and every opponent that’s
gotten me to here and just the whole journey along the way.
“I think there are similarities with the feeling of [the Rousey fight]. Just knowing that people are kind of having a little bit of doubt, but I think that because I’ve done it more than once now, in boxing and then it’s probably been more seen with Ronda, to be the underdog and come in, I think that people
think oh, okay, well, Holly is capable of doing some of these things.
“But I feel like there’s more of a curiosity behind it and not necessarily just thinking I can’t do it but kind of hmm, I wonder if she’s going to do it this time.”
Like Holm, Cyborg isn’t letting the stature of the fight distract her.
“I think always, you know — I think each fight I respect all my opponents,” she explained.
And I think Holly is a great fighter for me I think because she’s a big name too. She has a lot of fights, a lot of experience. I think it would be a great fight.
You know, I think I lot of the people think like that but me, I don’t think like that. I think I have to get better each time I fight.”
She continued: “I feel very thankful for this opportunity and to fight at the end of the year. I’m focused for my training, and my family is going to be in Brazil. But I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to be with my fans.
I feel blessed. I feel happy. I just feel sad not being with my family but, you know, I train really hard and for sure after that, I’m going to be with them.
MMA Fighting has UFC 219 results for the Cyborg vs. Holm fight card Dec. 30, plus live coverage from Las Vegas, and live UFC 219 Twitter updates.
In the main event, UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg will try to retain her title against former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm.
Khabib Nurmagomedov squares off against Edson Barboza in a key lightweight contest in the co-main event.
Check out UFC 219 results below.
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza
Dan Hooker vs. Marc Diakiese
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Khalil Rountree vs. Michael Oleksiejczuk
Myles Jury vs. Rick Glenn
Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET)
Tim Elliott vs. Mark De La Rosa