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UFC 219 Results: Cris Cyborg Beats Holly Holm by Decision in Main Event

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By Sporting News and Bleacher Report

The question heading into her title defense against Holly Holm: Could Cris Cyborg handle the big moment and earn the biggest victory of her career?

She did that and then some, battering Holm to win by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to retain the UFC women's featherweight championship. Sporting News scored the fight 49-46 for Cyborg.

"Thank you, Holly Holm," Cyborg told Joe Rogan in her post-fight interview. "She’s an amazing fighter."

The magnitude of the moment didn't faze Cyborg. Except for a period in the second round — which one judge scored for Holm — Cyborg didn't get frustrated. She immediately composed herself when the third round began, pushed the pace, moved forward with constant pressure and throwing heavy shots when it was appropriate.

Holm, who moved up from 135 pounds to take the fight had her moments. The second round was her best of the fight and perhaps of anyone who had faced Cyborg when she was able to connect with powerful left hands and worked the clinch to get Cyborg against the cage to attempt to wear her down.

There will be no bigger fight for Cyborg than UFC 219. Ronda Rousey is unlikely to ever return. If she does, it is highly unlikely it will be against Cyborg — especially after what happened to Holm, whose entire face was bruised when the fight had ended.

The only viable options seem to be either former Invicta featherweight champion Megan Anderson or current UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Cyborg stated to Rogan she was interested in fighting Anderson even if it meant having to go her home country of Australia.

Holm has now lost three of her last four fights, all by decision and two of those were title fights.

UFC 219 Results

Main Card

Cris Cyborg def. Holly Holm, unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Edson Barboza, unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)

Dan Hooker def. Marc Diakiese, submission (Round 3, 0:42)

Carla Esparza def. Cynthia Calvillo, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Neil Magny def. Carlos Condit, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card

Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Khalil Rountree, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Myles Jury def. Rick Glenn, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov, majority draw (28-28, 29-28, 28-28)

Matheus Nicolau def. Louis Smolka, unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Tim Elliott def. Mark De La Rosa, submission (Round 2, 1:41)

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