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UFC 219 Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm Fight Pick & Preview

The UFC is finishing off 2017 with a strong card headlined by Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm.  MMA fans have been wanting Cyborg in the UFC and now she's here. This will be her first real test.  Let's take a closer look at these MMA fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 219: Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm. 

Cris Cyborg comes into this title defense with an overall MMA record of 18-1. While on paper that looks like a great record, the competition hasn't exactly been top notch .  Cyborg's last win came against Tonya Evinger who was making her UFC debut and is 19-6 overall.  The fight before that was came against Lina Lansberg who at the time was also making her UFC debut and is now 1-2 in the UFC. 

While Cris Cyborgs competition hasn't been the best, she's done what she's had to do. Cyborg has absolutely dominated everyone they've put in front of her.  Sixteen of her 18 wins have all come via KO/TKO.  Cyborg's stand up game has been at another level. Her striking is to women's MMA what Ronda Rousey's grappling was.  But in this fight, she'll face Holly Holm who has a striking resume Cyborg hasn't seen.  

Holly Holm is coming into this fight with an overall MMA record of 11-3. She's the fighter that exposed the big hole in Ronda Rousey's game and made her look silly in a devastating KO.  But, after that electrifying KO of Ronda Rousey, Holm went on a three fight losing streak.  

Holm stopped that losing streak with a KO of Bethe Correia and now gets a chance to prove that those three losses in a row where a fluke and could be chalked up to inexperience in MMA.  Holm's championship Kickboxing background helps her in MMA, and while other aspects have been lacking, they're improving fast.  

Look for this fight to showcase some high level striking.  Cyborg has a big advantage if the fight goes to the ground, but, will it get there? I don't think so.  Holly Holm trains with some of the best fighters in the UFC and in a legendary fight camp.  With time to prepare for Cyborg, I'm sure takedown defense was a priority.  

This fight will go back in forth in the early rounds.  Cyborg will attempt takedowns but will be stuffed and it will tax her gas tank.  Holm will suprise the world in the later rounds as her gas tank will reign supreme and will land strategic chingasos winning rounds and taking the fight! 

How do you think this will go down?