- Cyborg has won 18 of her 20 mixed martial arts fights, with just one loss and one bout declared a ‘no contest’ after she tested positive for an anabolic steroid. That was back in 2011, and the 32-year-old has only competed in UFC three times since signing up in 2015. She defeated Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg in her first two fights, before a TKO victory over Tonya Evinger in July of this year gave her the featherweight title.
- Holm’s career record in MMA stands at 11 wins and three losses, and she has has suffered two of those defeats in her last four fights. She started the year with a controversial loss to Germaine de Randamie in a featherweight title decider, and dropped down to bantamweight for her next fight. She knocked out Bethe Correia with a powerful head kick and punch combination, and was duly awarded the honour of Performance of the Night.
UFC fans have been waiting a long time to see these two step into the Octagon together, but the bookies make Cyborg a clear favourite. She is the younger woman, the current champion and has a superior record, while Holm has to work harder to reach featherweight level and is perhaps naturally more of a bantamweight. Cyborg has not been beaten since her debut in 2005 and has all the skills needed to defend her title in Nevada.
However, she is not used to being in the champion’s position and Holm will fancy her chances of causing a shock. The ‘Preacher’s Daughter’ may have lost to De Randamie in February, but the referees’ performance and judges’ verdict that night angered many of Holm’s supporters and she showed in her comeback victory over Correia that she still has the boxing ability, athleticism and all-round capabilities to take down opponents of the highest calibre. They don’t come much tougher than Cyborg, but if Holm can use her experience to execute her strategy she could be well worth backing at around 3/1.
Sports.net’s Top Tip:
Holly Holm to beat Cris Cyborg
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.