ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

boasts a 17-1-1 MMA record, with her only loss coming in her professional MMA debut, but little do people know, Cyborg's last loss was actually three years ago.

Cyborg decided to venture into the realm of Muay Thai for a challenge and found herself face-to-face with undefeated champion (40-0).

Jorina Baars defeats Cris Cyborg at Lion Fight 14

Cris Cyborg took the loss in stride and her exuberance for having actual competition was seen in every post fight interview.

"I'm so happy because I gave her five rounds with her, a champion of Muay Thai," Cyborg said to MMAFighting. "No girl wants to fight her. She hasn't fought in three years.

"She's had eight belts and 38 fights, zero (losses). She's never lost. I have two fights in Muay Thai.

What's gotten lost in the "Ronda Rousey is good, Cyborg is bad" false MMA narrative is that Cyborg is the epitome of sportsmanship. She doesn't go into the cage looking to hurt her opponents, she just so happens to destroy them in the spirit of competition, and she even loses gracefully, as rare as those losses are for her.

"I always respected [Baars]," Cyborg said. "I watched fights of hers, I know she has a lot of good fights, I know she's experienced, but I tried. I tried and I trained because I love fighting. This is what I love. I love being inside the ring

"I'm so happy. I want to fight again. I never choose my opponents, and I think a true fighter never chooses opponents. You have to be ready for everybody."

Cyborg is currently petitioning for her UFC title shot against Germaine de Randamie, and when she receives that opportunity, maybe the masses will finally be privy to the real Cris Cyborg.


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