UFC champion Cris Cyborg training Capoeira at UFC open workout
Cris Cyborg electrified audiences this past weekend at UFC 214 when she defeated Invicta bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger in dominant fashion for the newly minted UFC women’s featherweight title.
In this video from the UFC 214 open workout prior to the fight, we see Cris Cyborg doing something a little different as she puts on a display of her Capoeira skills for all of the fans in attendance.
Capoeira is a martial art intrinsically linked with a dance that originates from Brazil and has a pretty unique history and style. It was developed by African slaves as a means of practicing a martial art that was disguised as dance as to not raise suspicions by their oppressors.
The end result is a unique martial art that has now been granted a special protected status and deemed “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO.
Though it is not a very common martial art in modern MMA, we have still seen glimpses of Capoeira style kicks here and there and many Brazilian MMA fighters practice and have used Capoeira in their fights such as Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, as well as Cris Cyborg like we see in this video.
With her victory over Evinger now in the books, Cyborg is now the official champion at 145lbs which really is the weight class she should have been at all along. While the rest of the division is still developing, a fight with either Holly Holm or natural featherweight Megan Anderson makes good sense and should be next for Cyborg.
ABOUT CRIS CYBORG:
Cristiane Justino Venâncio, commonly referred to by her ring name Cris Cyborg, is a Brazilian-American mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC. She is the current UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion, as well as the former Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion as well as the former Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. 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]