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Report | UFC champ Cris Cyborg granted boxing license

Brazilian-American mixed martial arts superstar, current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion, and Claressa Shields sparring partner, Cris Cyborg, poses before Shields weighs in, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

One of the top fighters in mixed martial arts, UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is 18-1 in her career with the lone defeat coming in her debut in 2005. There haven’t been many challengers to Cyborg during her career, and in regard to her weight class there doesn’t appear to be a capable foe on the horizon either.

With that being the case, Cyborg has taken a step towards a career in boxing, with MMA Fighting reporting that she has been granted a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission.

Cyborg last fought in July, beating Tonya Evinger via third-round TKO at UFC 214. According to the MMA Fighting report, the UFC is looking to set up a bout between Cyborg and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm, who interestingly enough began her combat sports career in kickboxing and boxing before making the move into mixed martial arts.

One person who believes Cris Cyborg has what it takes to make the move into boxing is two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, who has trained with Cyborg in the past. In praising Cyborg, Shields also made note of the difference between boxing and mixed martial arts with regards to the breathing and cardiovascular training. That’s an issue Conor McGregor ran into as his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. progressed.

“I looked at (Cyborg’s films) and I was like ‘ok, I see a few things that I wanna tell her to work on,’ and then, the best way to learn is from experience,” Shields said according to MMA Fighting in June. “From today, she’d be a great transition in over to boxing. It would be not be hard for you. A year of just training in boxing, six months, you’ll able to take on some of the top girls.

“She’s physically strong, physically fast, very athletic. Only thing, you just gotta work on the whole breathing thing. I think MMA and boxing is like swimming and running, especially when it comes to breathing. Cris is strong, she’s fast.”

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