The moment finally came for Cris Cyborg last night (Sat., July 29, 2017) at UFC 214 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
When she got her chance to hoist UFC gold in a main card matchup against former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger. It was extremely difficult to land Cyborg an opponent for this women’s featherweight bout, so much respect goes out to a very game Evinger.
As expected, Cyborg attacked early. She was more patient than her usual self, but still landed heavy strikes when she wanted to. Evinger did a pretty good job at temporarily tying the action up along the cage, as well as securing a very brief takedown, but the Brazilian striker battered the former Invicta FC champ with knees and combinations in bunches.
CRIS CYBORG VS TONYA EVINGER
Cyborg continued to take her time in this fight, as Evinger failed to find offense in any capacity. She surprisingly ate more shots than many people predicted, but was too slow to the punch whenever she opened up. Cyborg willingly picked her shots and found comfort in attacking the inside of Evinger’s legs.
In Round 3, Cyborg decided to turn it up a notch. The Brazilian striker slammed head kicks and right hands into Evinger that caused her to drop to the canvas. Cyborg continued to press the action on the feet before landing a superman punch along the cage. To follow, she dropped Evinger with a brutal knee that forced the former bantamweight to cover up. The referee quickly jumped in for the third-round TKO stoppage.
Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.
With this win, Cyborg finally cashed in to earn herself a UFC championship. The women’s featherweight division is going to be tough to fill, but as long as Cyborg reigns atop the crop there will be good reason to watch. Adding a UFC title to her mantle may have solidified her legacy as the best female fighter ever.