By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Cris Cyborg had one fight left under her contract. Now, she has the leverage when she goes back to the table for an extension with the UFC.
Cyborg — whose legal name is Cristiane Justino — defeated Felicia Spencer in the co-main event of UFC 240 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday night. She won via a unanimous decision.
The 34-year-old Curitiba, Parana, Brazil native got back on track with this win. She lost to Amanda Nunes in her previous fight at UFC 232 on December 29, 2018 in a first-round knockout.
With this win, Cyborg is now 6-1 in the UFC. She has a 21-2-1 record in her MMA career.
This was just her fourth decision win. Her previous 17 wins came via knockout.
In addition, this was Cyborg’s first decision win since she defeated Holly Holm in December 2017 at UFC 219. While Holm was a five-round title tilt with Holm that was a unanimous decision, her last third round unanimous decision was against Yoko Takahashi at EliteXC – Heat in October 2008.
Spencer suffered her first defeat with this loss. She was previously 7-0.
The 28-year-old Winter Park, Florida native is now 1-1 in the UFC. She defeated Megan Anderson in her UFC debut.
She has said that she would test the free agent waters after this fight.
“I want to see other promoters, see how much value I have,” she said, according to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi. “I think it’s cool to see that before you can hear anything that you don’t have value. Let’s see. Let’s see what another promoter has to say.”