Backstage Image Of Holly Holm’s Face Emerges After Loss To Cris Cyborg
The UFC may have rounded out the year with perhaps the most disappointing pay per view of 2017, but at least the main event brought some fireworks.
The main event at UFC 219 saw two of the biggest names in mixed martial arts square off in front of a raucous T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cris Cyborg became the second ever UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion when she destroyed Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in July.
Her opponent, the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm, said that the build-up to this clash felt similar to before she stunned the world by beating Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 two years ago.
“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,” Holm said in a pre-fight interview.
Since losing her first ever pro MMA bout back in 2005, Cris Cyborg has been the definition of a wrecking ball whenever an opponent has dared to stand in her way.
She came into this one with a record of 18-1 (1 NC) with 16 of those 18 wins coming by way of knockout. But she was facing the most decorated striker in her career to date.
— UFC (@ufc) December 31, 2017
A patient Cyborg waited for Holly to make the move early on, counter punching every attack from Holly. Although the fight went the distance, Holm really had no answers for Cyborg. Cyborg did not show any signs of fatigue, and tagged Holly over and over.
Cyborg successfully defended her UFC featherweight title to round out UFC 219.
Holm was left looking almost unrecognisable after taking significant damage to her face.
After the fight, Bruce Buffer took to Instagram with a picture of he and Holm, praising her for being a true warrior.
“is true Warrior both in ‘Victory & Defeat’… Words cannot describe my respect & fandom for her… I feel so honored to call her my friend. She is a true example of ‘To Be Great Is To Be Humble'” he wrote.
It was an impressive performance from Cyborg, who, despite losing two rounds, won the fight with ease and barely a blemish on her face. A number of MMA fighters took to social media to give their thoughts on her performance.
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) December 31, 2017
I don’t care the results even Holly is my Hero
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) December 31, 2017
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) December 31, 2017
— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) December 31, 2017
Great fight ladies. #ufc219
— Nina Ansaroff (@NinaAnsaroff) December 31, 2017
— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) December 31, 2017
Cyborg showed great composure in there!!
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) December 31, 2017
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) December 31, 2017
— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) December 31, 2017
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) December 31, 2017
I apologize for ever doubting you @criscyborg
— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) December 31, 2017
Aside from Khabib who absolutely killed it tonight 😳 The women really stole the show at #UFC219
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) December 31, 2017
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) December 31, 2017
— Emily Peters Kagan Ⓥ (@EmilyPKagan) December 31, 2017
— Milana Dudieva (@DudievaMilana) December 31, 2017
Such a great fight but what's next for Cris Cyborg? Who can come close?
— Randa Markos (@randamma) December 31, 2017
— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) December 31, 2017