WATCH: Cris Cyborg training judo with Olympian
Cristiane Justino, better known by her moniker of Cris Cyborg, is pretty much the uncrowned champ in the newly added UFC women’s featherweight division.
Known for her aggressive, fan friendly and oftentimes brutal fighting style, she is currently 2-0 in the UFC but has recently taken some time off from fighting due to health issues.
In the following video, we see Cris taking advantage of her time off and getting some judo training in with her coach and Olympic medalist for Cuba, Israel Hernandez.
While not as common in MMA as say wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo can give fighters an extra tool in their toolbox that their opponents may not be expecting. Many high level fighters come from extensive judo backgrounds too like all time heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko, Karo ‘The Heat’ Parisyan, as well as UFC middleweight Hector Lombard.
Cyborg’s total MMA record is an amazing 17-1 with 15 of those victories coming by way of knockout. While she is clearly much more of a striker than a grappler, she is also a brown belt in BJJ and like we see in this video she’s taking her grappling and judo skills very seriously.
As previously mentioned, Cris recently suffered some health issues that is allegedly from her two extreme weight cuts down to 140lbs – a division that doesn’t even exist. All that stress on her body proved to be meaningless now with the newly added women’s featherweight division up and running (sort of), which really should have been implemented in the first place.
ABOUT CRIS CYBORG:
Cristiane Justino Venâncio (formerly Cristiane Santos; born July 9, 1985), commonly referred to by her nickname “Cyborg” or “Cris Cyborg”, is a Brazilian and American mixed martial artist and former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion. She is the current Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion and is currently signed with the UFC. Justino won the Strikeforce title on August 15, 2009, by defeating Gina Carano via first-round TKO. She lives in San Diego where she trains and teaches at The Arena. [Source: Wiki]