Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight finishers Cris Cyborg and Tonya Evinger will throw down this Saturday (July 29, 2017) at UFC 214 inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Despite being under UFC’s employ for well over a year now, the unarguable best female Featherweight on the planet is without a title strap. Luckily, UFC is finally going to fix that, having stripped Germaine de Randamie and awarded Cyborg a shot at the now-vacant strap. For those who don’t know her, Evinger is a long-time women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) pioneer and the current Invicta FC Bantamweight champion. She’s fought above 135 pounds in the past, so this is not a complete mismatch like many of Cyborg’s fights.
Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both women:
Record: 17-1 (1)
Key Wins: Marloes Coenen (Invicta FC 6, Strikeforce: Miami), Gina Carano (Strikeforce: Carano vs Cyborg), Leslie Smith (UFC 198)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Cyborg is a destroyer. There isn’t a woman alive who can match her size and physicality in the cage, and Cyborg isn’t a bad technician either. Her striking is brutal, and she’s proven skilled on the mat as well. This may be a tougher foe for Cyborg than most, but it still should look like a usual Cristiane Santos mauling.
Cyborg is the bigger woman by quite a bit — just think back to all that drama about her making 140 pounds, whereas Evinger has fought plenty at Bantamweight. Furthermore, it’s clear there will be a massive speed and power discrepancy. Without the power to hurt Cyborg or the grappling to stymie her, Evinger doesn’t really have anything that can stop Cyborg from putting on the hurt.
Record: 19-5 (1)
Key Wins: Yana Kunitskaya (Invicta FC 22), Pannie Kianzad (Invicta FC 14), Sarad D’Alelio (Invicta FC 7)
Key Losses: Sara McMann (Titan FC 19), Alexis Davis (RW 10, RW 7)
Keys to Victory: A collegiate wrestler, Evinger has spent much of her career…