The UFC makes their second trip to Brazil of 2016 when they set up shop in Brasilia Saturday. The card will be main evented by Cris Cyborg – who will be looking to extend her 11-year undefeated streak – taking on promotional newcomer Lina Lansberg.
The rest of the card may go overlooked by the casual fan, but there are plenty of action fighters that could provide fireworks in Brasilia.
Cris Cyborg vs Lina Lansberg
Cyborg is the most dominant MMA fighter in the world – no age, gender or weight justification required. She has not lost since her pro debut in 2005 and has recorded 14 of her 16 career wins via knockout. Thanks to Rafael Cordeiro, Cyborg has combined her natural aggression and finishing instinct with technically masterful Muay Thai. She has the strength and natural balance to avoid the takedown, something that she has demonstrated at various points throughout her career.
The only major concern about Cyborg is the weight cut. The UFC keeps insisting she fights in these 140 lbs catchweight bouts though she has openly said she’s probably better suited at 155 and is currently the 145 champion in Invicta FC. This weight cut is absolutely brutal and takes a huge toll on Cyborg’s body. Sooner or later, this is going to end up costing her.
Lina Lansberg is an accomplished Muay Thai fighter who has some solid striking skills. ‘Elbow Princess’ throws solid, technical combinations while working behind a steady jab. She has proven to have the cardio to go the distance, but generally has been able to wear down her opponents with her strikes. She is at her best when she moves forward and gets her opponents back on the cage.
It’s hard to read much into Lansberg with such limited tape on her. She seems to have okay movement, but I’ve seen her stand a little flatfooted at times while leaving her head on the centerline. She is largely an unknown, as she has never really faced anyone with the skills to challenge her striking ability.
This is a showcase fight. This isn’t designed to be exactly fair and even, something you immediately notice when you look at the betting line. Anything can happen when you step into the cage, but this will be one of the biggest upsets ever if Cyborg loses.
Rest Of The Main Card
Renan Barao (-450) – who was once looked at as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet – looks to fix his recent struggles when he takes on Phillipe Nover (+325). Barao has lost three of his past four bouts – including his debut to the featherweight division in his last bout. Barao is an excellent striker, who has overcome his relative lack of footwork, and a deadly ground fighter. It’s his defense that has proven to be his biggest issue, as he puts offensive output over protecting himself. Nover can hold his own on the feet, but will traditionally look for the takedown. ‘The Filipino Assassin’ has a black belt in BJJ, but he hasn’t really fought anyone as skilled on the mat as Barao.
Heavyweight sluggers face off as Roy Nelson (-450) and Bigfoot Silva (+325) meet in a bout that is almost guaranteed to end with a knockout. Nelson essentially just wants to land his massive right hand and his standup game pretty much revolves around that. Though he has a black belt in BJJ, he simply doesn’t use it. Bigfoot was once one of the best brawlers in the sport, but he is a shell of his former self. Silva has one win in his past seven fights with five losses coming via knockout in that span.
Hometown Francisco Trinaldo (-135) takes on Paul Felder (+105) in an exciting lightweight battle. Trinaldo – who enters the fight riding six consecutive wins – was known primarily as a grinder throughout most of his career. He has developed legit power in both of his hands and works well in the clinch game. Felder is as tough as a two-dollar steak and exhibits excellent technical striking abilities. He has good Muay Thai and loves to constantly move forward, but has the footwork to move laterally if the fight calls for it. Sometimes though he can be a little inactive, as he looks for the perfect punch.
TUF alums go at it, as Thiago Santos (-550) looks to get back on track when he takes on Eric Spicely (+375). Santos is a terrifying striker whose combination of power and skill – he has a black belt in Muay Thai – has led to eight career wins via knockout. He has done a great job at rounding out his skillset, but looked overmatched at UFC 200 – a fight he took on short notice. Spicely is not much more than a ground guy. He has a brown belt in BJJ and has won half of his pro fights via submission.
Exciting finisher Godofredo Pepey (-150) takes on Mike De La Torre (+120) to kick off the main card. Pepey is coming off a unanimous loss that further exposed his poor wrestling skills. However, he is an explosive, dangerous fighter that has the ability to end the fight on the feet or on the ground. De La Torre is an aggressive fighter who likes to take the fight to his opponent. He generally looks to overwhelm his opposition, but can struggle when he is not allowed to dictate the pace.
UFC Fight Night 95: Cyborg vs Lansberg
Odds as of September 22 at Bovada
- Cris Cyborg -1200
- Lina Lansberg +700
- Renan Barao -450
- Philipe Nover +325
- Roy Nelson -450
- Bigfoot Silva +325
- Francisco Trinaldo -135
- Paul Felder +105
- Thiago Santos -550
- Eric Spicely +375
- Godofredo Pepey -150
- Mike De La Torre +120
- Gilbert Burns -185
- Michel Prazeres +150
- Rani Yahya -150
- Michinori Tanaka +120
- Jussier Formiga -200
- Dustin Ortiz +160
- Erick Silva EVEN
- Luan Chagas -130
- Stevie Ray -175
- Alan Patrick +145
- Vicente Luque -450
- Hector Urbina +325
- Glaico Franca -140
- Gregor Gillespie +110