UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CYBORG vs. LANSBERG PREVIEW

The Cyborg vs Lansberg fight card is packed with several great matches.
The Cyborg vs Lansberg fight card is packed with several great matches.

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg will air on September 24, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.

CRISTIANE “CYBORG” JUSTINO (16-1-0, 1 NC) vs. LINA “ELBOW PRINCESS” LANSBERG (6-1-0)
This is a five round main event in a women’s catchweight bout (140). Cyborg brings boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu and wrestling giving her a near perfect record as well as 14 of 16 wins by knockout. Lansberg brings striking and some takedowns that have given her a near perfect record. Since this fight is between a rookie and a high level fighter the fight looks to not be anything of a fight as Cyborg’s power will possibly prove to be more than Lansberg will be able to handle. The only way I could see Lansberg standing a chance it to somehow try to out cardio Cyborg as all the steroids she has taken over the years have possibly begun to take a toll on her body, which could even lead to her downfall. But I still see her as one of the most dominate female athletes in MMA and therefore she will most likely add another quick victory to her record, thus continuing her road to a title shot and maybe a possible showdown with former champion Ronda Rousey. My prediction: Cyborg wins via knockout in Round 1.

RENAN “THE BARON” BARAO (35-4-0, 1 NC) vs. PHILLIPE “THE FILIPINO ASSASSIN” NOVER (12-6-1)
This is a three round fight in the featherweight division. Barao brings boxing, Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu that have lead him to 33 victories in all three methods. Nover brings boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, judo and jiu-jitsu making him efficient in both submission and decision victories. This fight looks to be more of a war than a fight as both of these fighters have great standing and ground game and so it could go either way. Barao though just might have the upper hand with a much larger record than Nover as he has much more experience on how to finish his opponents as well as outlast them, which might be a little more than Nover is use to. Though Barao is not much of a ground fighter and Nover seems to be more skilled in that area and if he could turn the fight into a ground game he could end up adding a big win to his record and prove to Barao that the featherweight division is nothing like the bantamweight. My prediction: Barao wins via split decision.

#12 ROY “BIG COUNTRY” NELSON (22-13-0) vs. ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA (19-9-1, 1 NC)
This is a three round fight in the heavyweight division. Nelson brings boxing, karate, Shaolin Kung Fu, jiu-jitsu and wrestling giving him 14 wins via knockout. Bigfoot brings karate judo and jiu-jitsu giving him aggressive knockout power that has lead him to 14 victories by knockout. Now since both of these fighters are heavy hitters this heavyweight bout looks to be an interesting one to go down, but sadly to say the least I think that Bigfoot’s chin and age has gotten the best of him and Nelson looks to make for an easy win in this bout with a knockout victory. Though if Bigfoot somehow managed to stand up to Nelson’s knockout power and turn the fight into a cardio battle he just might stand a chance at finally getting another win under his belt as Nelson does not have the best cardio the UFC has seen. But, unless Bigfoot has grown an iron chin since his last fight I really do not see him walking away as the victor and possibly being forced into retirement. My prediction: Nelson wins via knockout in Round 1.