Cris Cyborg: Gina Carano lacks heart for the game

Guilherme Cruz: How are things on the United States? Are you back to the trainings now, after you “vacations” in Hawaii to celebrate your anniversary?

Cris Cyborg: It was cool, we stayed in Hawaii just chilling… Now we’re back to our routine, back to the trainings. I’m well trained actually, but I’ll just fight in January. There’s nothing set, but I believe it’ll be on January.

GC: Gina Carano was doing an important work on the growth of the female MMA on the United States, but then she “disappeared” since she was defeated by you. Some of her coaches said she might not even fight MMA again. How do you see it?

CC: What happened was that Gina was used to win all the time, but then she lost that fight. In my opinion, she should keep training. To lose is something that happens to everyone. I believe she lacked heart to keep on doing it. MMA is growing more and more, with or without her… Of course it’d be better with her, but other girls will come. Strikeforce’s investing on women, there was a belt dispute between Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufmann, and it was a good fight, it proved that women also have good techniques. I thought I was a better fight than the bout between Nick and KJ Noons… They just did the exchange part, while the girls did the stand-up game and also the ground game. We’ll have our own place there.

GC: After you beat Gina there were rumors that you’d pose to Playboy, and last month you and Cyborg had a naked photo shooting to ESPN magazine on the US… How was it like?

CC: Actually, on the magazine we were naked, but you couldn’t see anything. The main part was kept in secret (laughs). I really got naked, it was but, but yet professional. Many Olympic athletes joined us, it was the first time that they photographed more than one person, it was always about one only person. I felt it was a privilege to be chosen, it was nice, opening more and more doors to MMA. The photos turned out to be good, not coarse.

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