But Cyborg twice turned down a featherweight title fight while recovering from her latest weight cut.
Anderson Silva has expressed a desire to challenge fellow UFC legend Georges St-Pierre to a “super fight” as it would be good for the sport and the fans. “The Iron Lady” is now riding a two-fight winning streak.
This could easily turn out to be another disappointing loss on Silva’s record, but he is still capable of creating moments of magic out of nowhere and the holes in Brunson’s game when he’s striking and homing in on takedown attempts leave me with just enough faith in “The Spider’s” aging abilities to give him the benefit of the doubt and cautiously predict he’ll win by TKO.
When Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie enter the Octagon on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., history for women in the UFC will be made, yet again.
Holm and de Randamie, the first two and now only fighters announced for this new division, have to carry the load in spite of that.
“It’s always going to keep growing and always keep getting better”, Holm said. “They are going to make us look like amateurs by the time they’re at the point we are”.
During her six-year MMA career, Holm has gone to the ground sparingly and with one notably poor result – her fifth-round takedown and choke-out by Miesha Tate, costing Holm the UFC bantamweight belt she’d won from Rousey. In her first title defense, she lost with just two minutes left in the 25-minute fight. But she said she tested positive for a diuretic she is taking as part of a therapeutic treatment due to medical issues related to her hard weight cuts before bouts.
“You know when I retire from fighting, I don’t even know when that would be but, I think I am going to have to sit down somewhere and go wow, that was a insane ride”. The Brazilian is accepting of that, because now he’s all about the challenge of competition, which is a compelling outlook for an athlete who holds almost every major record in the UFC history books.
If Holm is able to get back on track and win the fight, she will become only the fourth fighter, but first woman, in UFC history to win belts in two different weight classes.
But since being dethroned by Chris Weidman, the 41-year-old Brazilian has opened up a little more, speaking about his family and the conversations they’ve had about his fighting career and whether or not it should continue. I want them to remember everything after. The first thing I thought after I hit him was, ‘Keep your hands up’.
The UFC wanted Holm to wait until Rousey was ready to return to defend her title.
However, there are those who have criticized and felt that Holm was undeserving of a title shot, as she has lost two fights in a row.
She gained a slice of notoriety when she knocked out Belgian actor Tom Waes in a short bout filmed for a reality show.
Sturdy middleweight veteran Tim Boetsch is looking to extend his current two fight winning streak but he faces a tall order taking on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
The creation of the featherweight championship has given her career a new lease of life, but anything other than victory this weekend will see Holm with very few options. A win will make her a world champion for the second time. “But there’s so many girls that want the opportunity, I can guarantee you they can build this division in no time“.