MMA: Cyborg retains UFC women's featherweight belt


Posted at Dec 31 2017 02:47 PM

Cris Cyborg lands a punch against Holly Holm during UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports/ Reuters

Cris Cyborg outpunched Holly Holm en route to a unanimous decision victory to retain the UFC women's featherweight title during the main event of UFC 219 in Las Vegas on Saturday. 

Throughout the five-round fight, Cyborg absorbed Holm's strikes and landed more power punches against Holm, who was a former champion female boxer. 

Holm, who was also a former UFC bantamweight champion, moved up a weight class to face Cyborg, and become the first female mixed martial artist to win titles in 2 different weight classes. 

But the reigning women's featherweight champion proved that she was in a different league as she shook off punch after punch from Holm while landing powerful strikes of her own. 

With the win, Cyborg improved her record to 19 wins, 1 loss and 1 no contest. 

Holm meanwhile dropped to 11 wins and 4 losses in her MMA career. 

In the co-main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov pummeled Edson Barboza and kept his MMA record unblemished. 

Nurmagomedov again proved that his ground and pound game was second to none as he took down Barboza seemingly at will and rained down powerful strikes at the Brazilian. 

Barboza had some success in the first round as he targeted Nurmagomedov's legs with kicks. But once the Russian got hold of him and brought him to the ground, Barboza had no answer. 

Nurmagomedov has said that he is ready to face whoever wins a possible unification fight between interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and reigning UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

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