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Chris Cyborg talks about his boxing debut, whether he wants to try pro wrestling

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Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Chris Cyborg will add pro boxing to her list of achievements as she makes her debut against Simone Silva on Sunday, September 25 in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.

Cyborg will have a tough job on her hands as Silva is a boxing veteran with over 40 professional fights and nearly 300 rounds of experience. Silva has boxed for the WBA, WBF, IBA and WBC World titles in his career.

Cyborg recently did an open media workout in Huntington Beach, Calif., where I chatted with her about the fight (seen above).

She said she loves a challenge and even though she has a few butterflies going into battle, these are the challenges: “They give butterflies in your stomach.”

Cyborg has already had a dream MMA career, holding gold in Strikeforce, Invicta, UFC and Bellator. She is MMA’s only “Grand Slam” champion (male or female) to have held every belt in her weight category.

She had a 13-year undefeated streak from 2005-2018 and, after losing to Amanda Nunes in December 2018, she has been undefeated (6-0) the past four years. She has been ranked by ESPN in the pound-for-pound rankings. times more than any other female fighter in the sport of MMA. ,

She was also part of the first ever televised female main event where she competed against Gina Carano.

Even after so much success, boxing has been his dream for some time.

“Everyone has to do something really uncomfortable. You can’t just sit in bed and sit on the couch and dream about it. You have to go, you have to get it… your dream,” she said.

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While the two sports have their differences, Cyborg described boxing as “really complicated”, noting that it prepares her “really hard” with lots of sprint work in addition to swimming, sparring and jump ropes. Used to be.

Cyborg said she gains confidence from that training. She respects all her opponents and is working to improve her game further.

“Every time I step into the cage, I leave it in the hands of God,” she said.

When it comes to the future in boxing, she would like to do another fight after this but is still not sure as all her focus is on Silva for the time being. He also had to defend his Bellator title.

In the past, Cyborg has been vocal about possibly trying pro wrestling and has even trained with AEW Women’s World Champion Thunder Rosa. While she loves challenges, pro wrestling is “a different sport,” but if given the chance, she will train for it. He also brought in another MMA legend and current WWE star, Ronda Rousey, as “doing wonders” in wrestling.

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