Cris Cyborg takes on an Olympic Wrestler
A frightening combination of speed, strength, technique and aggressiveness, for almost a decade Cris Cyborg has been running through the featherweight division capturing both the Strikeforce and Invicta FC featherweight crowns while leaving behind a path of brutality and compiling an impressive mixed martial arts record.
When it comes to the training room Cris is just as formidable as she is inside of the cage/ring, where in one notable example she lifted up and slammed former light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz on the mat to escape a triangle choke. Tito who reportedly walks around at over 200 lbs before cutting weight.
So how would Cris Cyborg fare against an Olympic caliber wrestler? Enter Aline Ferreira.
A freestyle wrestler from Sao Paulo, Brazil who competes in the 75kg (165lbs), who is currently representing Brazil at the Rio Olympic Games, she previously medaled silver at the World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2014 and in doing so also became the first Brazilian wrestler to achieve such a feat.
Although best known as a striker, Cyborg is an accomplished grappler in her own right, holding a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Andrew Galvao and having medaled at the IBJJF and ADCC. In the following footage she met Ferreira on the mat for a few rounds of grappling, and the results were quite impressive as she holds more than her own against the Olympian.
Perhaps we’ll see Cyborg at the next Olympic games?
Cristiane Justino Venancio (formerly Cristiane Santos; born July 9, 1985), commonly referred to by her nickname “Cyborg” or “Cris Cyborg”, is a Brazilian 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 in the first major female led MMA event.