‘For Sure it’s Gonna Be Different’- Cris Cyborg Talks About the Rematch With Leslie Smith

Published 04/04/2021, 6:40 AM EDT
ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 29: Cris Cyborg of Brazil reacts after defeating Tonya Evinger by TKO in their UFC women’s featherweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event at Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Cris Cyborg is one of the most dominant MMA fighters out there, Cyborg is presently a part of Bellator MMA. She is the Bellator Women’s Featherweight champion and is No 1 in the Bellator Women’s pound for pound rankings.

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Cyborg is all set to face Leslie Smith at the Bellator 259 event on May 21st. This fight will be a rematch of their 2016 fight that went Cyborg’s way.

This will be Cyborg’s second title defense fight after becoming champion and will probably be one of the most important ones of her career.

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Cris Cyborg’s concentration was not 100%

Cyborg knows that both the fighters are now at very different stages of their careers and how in 2016 she was more focused on other aspects rather than the fight itself.

“It’s different because it was a different chapter of my life, I was doing catchweight when I fight her, I was doing 140 when we fight the first time. I was worried about, I really worried about making weight.”

Cyborg and Smith were both comparatively younger and inexperienced. They did not have the experience they have now, and that’s why Cyborg thinks this fight is going to be different.

For sure, it’s gonna be different. We fight in front of 40,000 people, now it’s gonna be different. But I believe the first fight I was focused for making weight. Now it’s gonna be 100% to the fight.” she said

People always believe that in a rematch all the pressure is on the loser of the first match. They are the ones who work hard and are better prepared for the match while the victor could take the match lightly and lose concentration.

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What Cris Cyborg thinks about the rematch

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Cris Cyborg respects girls who ask for a rematch, she believes that shows their character and fighting spirit.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 15: UFC Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg attends a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Copacabana on August 15, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

During the interview, Cyborg said. “I like to fight the girls in a rematch I think the first girl I rematch was Marloes Coenen and after I really respect the girl who asks for the rematch to fight me. Leslie’s one, I know she’s really tough, I know it’s gonna be a great fight.”

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Whether the result differs from the first is yet to be seen, but both the fighters seem really well prepared and the match promises to be great. Cyborg and Smith are both outstanding fighters, and it would be great to see them compete once again.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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