LAS VEGAS — Cris Cyborg has long been one of the best female fighters in mixed martial arts. She entered her women’s featherweight title bout against Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 219 Saturday at T-Mobile Arena on an 18-fight winning streak that covered more than 12 years.
But because she’s so massive relative to her peers — she walks around between fights at 180 pounds — she often hasn’t been given credit for her technical skills. But in winning a unanimous decision over Holm on Saturday, by scores of 48-47 twice and 49-46, Cyborg proved that she’s not just a bruiser but also an excellent technical fighter who has the stamina to go five hard rounds.
In this video, I discuss her win over Holm and look at what is next for her in a division with few options.
I also break down Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight victory over Edson Barboza and what it means in one of the UFC’s elite division. Will he fight champion Conor McGregor next? Will it instead be interim champion Tony Ferguson? Or, as he suggested at the post-fight news conference, both in one night? We’ll see.
FInally, I discuss the career of Carlos Condit, one of the best welterweights of the last decade, and whether this is it for him after his loss to Neil Magny in the pay-per-view opener.
More UFC 219 coverage from Yahoo Sports:
• Kevin Iole: Nurmagomedov is class of UFC’s lightweight division
• Cyborg prevails despite Holm’s grueling test
• Unbeaten Khabib dominates Barboza in violent win