Cris Cyborg defeats Holly Holm in a close fight that goes the distance

LAS VEGAS, NV (KRQE)– Cris Cyborg retained her UFC Featherweight title in a unanimous decision victory over Holly Holm Saturday night.

“You know it came down to we made a few mistakes, said Holm’s trainer Mike Winkeljohn. “The judges always like people to go forward and force pressure.

Holly would throw some punches and come back to the center.” Cyborg noticed the same thing. “I saw she was punching,” said Cyborg.

“She was just running punching. No one punching like she just going to crack me.” Holm is the first fighter to take Cyborg the 5 round distance.

Holm and Cyborg were both able to land shots in the battle, but it was Cyborg who was able to deliver more power punches throughout the fight.

When it was all over, Holm told Winkeljohn that she wanted a rematch. “She told me she wanted a rematch immediately,” said Winkeljohn.

She has some healing to do first. Holm went to the hospital after the fight to have an eye injury, suffered during the bout, checked out as a precautionary measure.

“I hope it’s not an orbital type of issue,” said Winkeljohn. “Like I said, she’s got some swelling in there. Cyborg hits hard obviously.” Holm and Cyborg received fight of the night bonuses of $50,000 dollars each.

Cyborg also made a reported $500,000 dollars for the fight. Holm made $300,000 dollars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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