On Saturday night, Cris Cyborg did what Cris Cyborg does: dominate.
In the main event of UFC Fight Night 95 — her first UFC headliner — which took place live from Brasilia, Brazil, Cyborg ran through newcomer Lina Lansberg. Surprisingly to most, the fight went to the second round, but it was all Cyborg during the scheduled five-round affair. She never gave Lansberg a chance.
Right from the opening bell, Cyborg suffocated her opponent with powerful strikes and clinch work. She landed a few takedowns, as well, throughout the matchup. A level change led to the finish, as well — early in the second round, the Brazilian took Lansberg down, followed up with some vicious ground-and-pound and that was all she wrote.
What was the highlight of the fight?
There’s not so much to say. Cyborg showed off her deadly skills and power once again in Saturday’s main event. Like in every Cyborg fight, her dominance, damage and control won her the fight, and her demolition of Lansberg was the highlight of the fight.
Where do these two go from here?
It’s always interesting with Cyborg. We don’t know what weight division she’ll compete in next, whether that’s a catchweight of 140 pounds again or back up to featherweight. Plus, she’s still the Invicta FC 145-pound champion, but I don’t think returning to Invicta FC is too viable of an option. Despite the UFC not having immediate interest in bringing in a featherweight division, I hope Cyborg fights at 145 pounds in the UFC next; I have no interest in seeing her in a fight below that weight. The weight cut is just too tough. If we can get a fight booked against an elite bantamweight fighter, that’d be my first choice. It all comes down to who’s willing to move up in weight and take the fight, though.
Similar to Phillipe Nover, who competed in the evening’s co-main event, Lansberg had nothing to lose against the very dangerous Cyborg. And, as expected, despite the devastating loss, she lost nothing. Her stock didn’t rise nor go down. She’ll fight a lower level fighter next — as she should — and quickly move on from her unsuccessful UFC debut.