Cris Cyborg Biography: Cristiane Justino Venancio, professionally known as Cris Cyborg, is a Brazilian-American MMA fighter fighting in Bellator MMA as of January 2021. She is the current Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion, having held the title since January 2020.
Cris Cyborg Biography
Cris Cyborg Biography: Cristiane Justino Venancio was born to Brazilian parents on July 9, 1985, in Curitiba, Brazil. Cristiane Justino, the daughter of divorced parents and a father with alcoholism issues, began playing handball at the national level in Brazil at the age of twelve. After graduating high school, she obtained numerous athletic scholarships from private institutions due to her athletic prowess. She ultimately chose to pursue a career in physical education in Curitiba, the capital of Paraná. Later, she intended to transfer to Cascavel to become a professional handball player and complete her college education there. However, she was discovered by Rudimar Fedrigo, a Chute Boxe Academy trainer who was impressed by her physical size and suggested she enter the world of a fight.
Cris Cyborg Wiki
|Date Of Birth||July 9, 1985|
|Birth Place||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Profession||Mixed Martial Artist|
|Net Worth||$5 Million|
Cris Cyborg Personal life
Cyborg was married to Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, a mixed martial artist. In December 2011, they divorced. In 2017, Cyborg confirmed that she was getting married to Ray Elbe, her longtime boyfriend, manager, and former MMA fighter.
Cris Cyborg’s UFC Career
March 2015 saw the announcement that Cyborg had joined the UFC. Cyborg made her MMA debut against Leslie Smith at a catchweight of 140 pounds at UFC 198. She won the contest via first-round TKO. On September 24, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 95, Cyborg competed against promotion newcomer Lina Lansberg in a catchweight (140 lb) bout. The referee stopped the fight midway through the second round because Lansberg could not defend herself effectively.
Cyborg was notified of a possible USADA doping violation in December 2016. Cyborg’s team quickly replied that it related to a substance that improved her weight loss recovery. Cyborg was granted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) on February 17, 2017. Her suspension was therefore revoked, and she was immediately eligible to compete.
Cyborg vacated her Invicta featherweight title in March 2017 and challenged Germaine de Randamie to a title bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Germaine de Randamie refused to fight Cyborg, claiming that Cyborg was a proven drug abuser and that she was willing to lose her title for not fighting Cyborg. UFC deprived De Randamie of her title on June 19, 2017. Cyborg was scheduled to challenge Megan Anderson for the unoccupied UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, on July 29. On June 27, Anderson withdrew from the bout due to personal concerns, and current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger replaced her. Cyborg captured her first UFC championship with a third-round TKO victory.
Cyborg fought Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 219 on December 30, 2017, in her first title defense and the first bout of her new four-fight contract. She was declared the winner by a unanimous decision. This victory also earned her the fight of the Night bonus for the first time. On March 3, 2018, at UFC 222, Cyborg faced former Invicta bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya for her second featherweight title defense. Cyborg won the battle via first-round TKO. In celebration of her victory, she gave 222 burgers to the needy of Los Angeles.
On December 29, 2018, at UFC 232, Cyborg faced Amanda Nunes, the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion, for the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship. Early in the first round, Nunes knocked out Cyborg for the first TKO loss of her MMA career. Cyborg fought Felicia Spencer in the co-main event of UFC 240 on July 27, 2019. She was declared the winner by a unanimous decision. Dana White, president of the UFC, announced after Cyborg’s fight against Spencer, the last fight on her contract, that the UFC would not negotiate a new contract with her and would give up her three-month exclusive negotiating period. This allowed her to begin negotiations with other organizations immediately.