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Cris “Cyborg” Justino will be facing a multiple-time boxing world champion in Holly Holm in her next fight, the likely main event of UFC 219, but the UFC women’s featherweight champion is no stranger to being in the ring with phenomenal boxers. She went toe-to-toe with two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, and more recently brought in boxing legend Mia St. John for this technical sparring session.
Mia St. John retired in 2016, but at 50 years old she moves very well. Self-billed as “The hottest woman in boxing”, she was also a taekwondo champion and had one MMA fight in 2008, which she won by KO.
Cyborg clearly has a size advantage in the above clip, but regardless, she looks very good in the light sparring session, slipping punches and putting together solid combinations. Her upcoming opponent, Holly Holm, is known more for her head kicks in the cage than her punching power. She famously knocked out Ronda Rousey, and more recently Bethe Correira, with a well-placed shin to the cranium. The bout is scheduled to headline the big year-end card, UFC 219, on December 30th.
Carlos Condit and Lando Vannata practice some Chinese martial arts goodness
Speaking of styles that came out of China: drunken boxing. In this case, drunken kickboxing.
Speaking of crazy…
Eddie Alvarez is a throwback fighter
Tony Ferguson is a card-carrying member of the Cult of Jiu-Jitsu.
Demetrious Johnson’s got jokes.
Did you know Francis Ngannou has the (dubious) honor of being the world’s hardest hitter?
Speaking of unusual honors, Robert Whittaker qualified to represent Australia in freestyle wrestling!
Alexander Gustafsson is feeling pretty good these days, with that pesky shoulder surgery out of the way.
Stupid fun, you mean, Angela Hill. Snapchat is stupid fun.
Someone got eloquent in defense of Michael Bisping, the first British UFC champion.
He has been in the cage for a long time- literally
Rory Macdonald is living in the future, and letting go of old losses
Fellow Canadian Elias Theodorou agrees
Derrick Lewis plays too many games
Justin Gaethje had a lot of emoticons to describe this clip of him going at it hammer and tongs like a savage
One of the most adorable moments from the weekend
Slips, Rips, and of course KO clips
What an ankle lock
This is one of the weirder submissions I’ve seen
It’s been a long time since I’ve screamed SUMO!!!! at you through the screen.
Textbook Muay Thai clinch
This is how guys shot in old action movies went down
He may not have won this weekend, but Salikhov once did this:
Look low, go high
I didn’t know Hong Man Choi was still fighting
Jab knockout while moving backwards? Eat your heart out, Anderson Silva.
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