UFC 219 extended preview: Cris Cyborg is getting the Mike Tyson treatment


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The UFC is borrowing a chapter from boxing’s promotional playbook ahead of next weekend’s UFC 219 headliner.

When you have arguably the most dominant and violent fighter in women’s MMA history, how else are you going to market UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg?

For UFC 219 and Cyborg, comparisons to Mike Tyson are an easy solution.

On Dec. 30 in UFC 219’s pay-per-view main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, women’s featherweight champion Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) takes on ex-bantamweight titleholder and former pro-boxing champion Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC).

Cyborg, who’s won 18 straight fights with 16 knockouts, gets plenty of praise in a new extended preview for the year-end event.

“I see it time and time again – Cris Cyborg is the Mike Tyson (of MMA),” Jason Parillo, Cyborg’s boxing coach, says in the preview. “When she walks out to that cage, there’s an energy that she brings with her, and it’s electrifying.”

Holm, though, knows both combat-sports worlds intimately, and as Tyson learned against Buster Douglas after a 37-0 start to his legendary career, even the best can lose.

“When somebody’s on a winning streak, they can start to get this image behind them that they’re unstoppable and unbeatable, but in the end, we’re all just humans, and everyone single one of his can be beat,” Holm said in the preview.

Holm, who’s the underdog to 4-1 to favorite Cyborg, is perhaps best remembered for her upset of then-champ Ronda Rousey in 2015. But she knows a victory over Cyborg could add to her legacy.

“If I can have a win against Cyborg and Ronda, that is bigger to me – that is the biggest thing in my life,” she says in the preview. “I don’t want to be defined by one fight. I want to be defined by my whole career.”

Check out the full preview, which includes a look at the co-headliner between lightweights Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), above.

And for more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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