Cris Cyborg begins her foray into the realm of professional boxing as she navigates MMA free agency.
In a four-round lightweight boxing match, Cyborg will take on former Bellator competitor Gabrielle Holloway, according to a press release from boxing promotion BLK Prime on Tuesday. The special match-up will feature on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. David Avanesyan event at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska on Dec. 10, 2022.
“This is a great opportunity for me to make a splash in the boxing world, especially on a card with Terence Crawford, the best boxer in the world,” Cyborg said.
“Boxing has always been a big part of my training and I feel I can compete at the highest level. I’m expecting Holloway to be in great shape, and I know she’s coming to win. That said, I’m taking this fight very seriously. I feel confident, and I can’t wait to showcase my boxing skills to the world.”
This past September in her hometown of Curitiba, Cyborg, the current Bellator featherweight champion, was supposed to make her professional boxing debut against Simone da Silva. However, the fight was ruled an exhibition after a Brazilian boxing organization declined to oversee it because of Silva's medical suspension.
The ABC's official record keeper, BoxRec, informed ESPN that the match was amateur. The Associacao Paranaense de Lutas, a Brazilian commissioning authority, was in charge of the event, according to Cyborg's team, who refuted the assertion. Nevertheless, Cyborg prevailed via unanimous decision in the eight-round contest.
Holloway, who will face her in the ring, lost both professional fights by unanimous decision in 2016. She has a 6-6 overall MMA record, with a 1-3 record in Bellator. At Bellator 245 in September 2020, Holloway lost to Cat Zingano by a decision. This marked the final time she competed.
Whereas Cyborg is the current Bellator women’s featherweight champion. Since leaving UFC in August 2019 for the Bellator, she has yet to lose. After defeating Arlene Blencowe in April, Cyborg's contract was finished. Although Bellator CEO Scott Coker and Cyborg have expressed a desire to keep working together, no agreement has yet been reached.