Former UFC featherweight champion professional boxing debut: Cris Cyborg strikes down Gabrielle Holloway by unanimous decision win

The former UFC female featherweight champion and the current No. 1 Bellator women’s pound-for-pound ranked fighter, Cris Cyborg, made her professional boxing debut on December 10, 2022, in Omaha, Nebraska, against the American fighter Gabrielle Holloway.

The face-off was an undercard event for the WBO welterweight title-defending bout between homeboy Terence Crawford and David Avanesyan. Cyborg won her first boxing match against Holloway by unanimous decision (40-35, 39-36, 40-34) over four rounds.

After that bout, while thanking the fans and hinting towards her return, the former Strikeforce champion wrote on Twitter:

“14,630 in attendance for my last fight which was a career-best for a @terencecrawford boxing event in his Nebraska home state. 🙏🏽 thank you Omaha for all the love and support ❤️ I will be back 🔥 @BLKPRIMEBOXING”

Before this clash, Cyborg faced Simone Aparecida da Silva in Brazil, but the bout was sanctioned under the Associaço Paranaense de Lutas Commission. 

Prior to her first boxing victory, the four-time major promotion champion competed in 29 professional MMA events, winning 26 of them and losing only two. It is speculated that Cyborg might face undefeated Irish boxer Katie Taylor in her next boxing match. 

The first professional boxing opponent of Cyborg, Gabrielle Holloway, didn’t seem too surprised following the defeat against Cyborg; she posted on Twitter:

“Definitely not the performance we trained for or the game plan we went over. @criscyborg is a legend for a reason. Who knows, maybe we can run it back inside the @BellatorMMA cage. Thanks @BLKPRIMEB0XING for the opportunity. Thanks to @ThePrePostGame for always having my back.”

Terence Crawford secured his 39th boxing victory while defending the title in the sixth round of the same matchday’s main event; currently, the American fighter is on a 10-fight winning streak of finishing the opponent and holds the record of 30 knockout victories. 

Errol Spence Jr. is considered as the next probable opponent for the upcoming bout of Terence Crawford.

Saifullah Nayem

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Business undergrad and has been a culer since childhood, currently working as a combat sportswriter at SportsZion. Aside from sports, he is passionate about marketing and business-related activities.


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