At UFC 232, Amanda Nunes authored one of the most important upsets in UFC history, knocking out Cris Cyborg in just 51 seconds to claim the featherweight title and stake her claim as the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time. But as impressive of a performance as it was from Nunes, Cyborg’s coach, Jason Parillo, says that really his pupil beat herself.
Speaking with MMAjunkie recently, Parillo said that Cyborg’s years of invincibility led her to disrespect Nunes’ power, which ultimately led to the KO.
“I saw Cris go out there and beat herself,” Parillo told recently. “I’ve said it in many interviews before, and it was always my biggest concern – which is her just going for broke, losing the plot and swinging wild. Just going back to old school Cyborg.
“Because I told her that the higher we climb the ladder, we’re not going to be able to get away with this style. We need to think a little bit more and stay behind the jab. I know Cris. I know my fighter and saw the way she reacted to that leg kick when it hit her. Instead of moving out and staying behind her jab, she went for broke off the get-go and got caught doing it.
“It was very much ‘oh no you didn’t,’ and she just started swinging for the fences. Cris went straight disrespect mode, like she can walk down anybody, but she was in there with a skillful fighter who has a really good punch. That’s how maybe Cris was going to get beaten, against someone who has the fortitude to be able to sit in there with that aggressive style. You have to respect Amanda for that.”
There’s a reason Cyborg felt invincible though. For the last 13 years, she was. Cyborg’s run of dominance since losing in her pro debut is among the best the sport has ever seen. Over that time period, she amassed a 20-0 record with one no-contest, a 16-second TKO victory that was later overturned due to a failed drug test. Her streak was so terrifying that Cyborg soon had trouble finding suitable opponents to challenge her, forcing her to try and cut down to 135 pounds despite clearly being unable to make the weight safely. In recent years, the UFC finally began building a featherweight division for her and Parillo says that if there is one good thing to come from getting knocked out, it’s that now more women might be looking to get in the mix at 145, meaning more opportunities for Cyborg.
“I’m hoping it opens up the division and creates more opponents,” Parillo said. “You’ve got to remember that Cat Zingano beat Amanda, and Megan Anderson just beat Zingano. So, now there’s a little mix going on at 145 pounds, and that’s the way we’ve got to look at it.”
Of course, that presumes that Cyborg sticks around the UFC. The former champion’s contract with the organization is set to expire in March and now that she has lost the title, Dana White may be less interested in staying in the Cyborg business. Along those lines, White suggested that he saw no need for an immediate rematch for Cyborg, despite her unprecedented run of success. But Parillo waived off any concerns of Cyborg going elsewhere to fight, and of the immediate rematch, saying that their first priority now was reclaiming the title, and that if they needed to fight someone before a rematch, Cyborg is ready to get back in the cage immediately.
“We’re not going to leave the UFC,” Parillo said. “We’re going to stay there, plug away and get back the title that Cris had. She has the time and ability to do it. . . I’ve just got to do my job. Are they going to give her an immediate rematch? I don’t think so, but that’s OK.
“If we could get a fight between now and March, that would be wonderful, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen. The negotiations are obviously the manager’s job, and I just want the best for Cris.”
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Conor starting beef.
Hey firaz. Young man afraid to get in and fight, himself. Stop talking about me like you know me, you twerp.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 9, 2019
You are what age? Why are not in there yourself? Are you not up to it?
You rent dorms and hit a clock for a living.
Shut your pie, kid.
Al the hero.
Ooo roast me next! ♂️— A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 9, 2019
Ehhh not ur best work.. saving the good stuff for the fight ur so smart— A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 9, 2019
Not even sure what this means.
All these young mouthy clock hitters.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 9, 2019
Eddie responding to UFC Philly.
Unfortunately @ufc Philadelphia will be tuned into @ONEChampionship that week to watch me work to claim another title .The timing of this venue and date is incredible .As a kid I wanted the UFC belt , now I want all of them . One more shelf to fill #UGking #phillyfighter #thnq pic.twitter.com/pj02hm4A13— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) January 8, 2019
And DP saying he wants in on UFC Philly.
Seems like a good date to fight!— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) January 8, 2019
So does Borg.
And Felder is mad.
And I’m fucking booked...— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) January 8, 2019
Not going anywhere folks, :) pissed with this whole visa crap & not sure about usa now, bellator are happy to release me if I like but need a deal sorted b4 hand, i fight to earn money and its the only way, so its either Rizin or ksw or one fc or whatever.— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) January 8, 2019
Nah. People hate him because he is extremely hateable.
Y’all can hate on @ColbyCovMMA all day but it still won’t change the fact that he did get screwed . He is a great fighter , people want to hate cause they never want to see someone having fun while winning !— Jarred Brooks (@The_monkeygod) January 8, 2019
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Anthony Rocco Martin (15-4) vs. Sergio Moraes (14-3-1); UFC Wichita, March 9.
Daniel Spitz (6-2) vs. Jeff hughes (10-1); UFC Wichita, March 9.
Tom Breese (11-1) vs. Cezar Ferreria (13-7); UFC London, March 16.
Anyway, thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
Should Cyborg get a rematch with Nunes next?
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Yes, she deserves it.
Sure, there are no interesting contenders at bantamweight for Nunes right now.
Cyborg should get the next one, but if Amanda is defending at 135, have Cyborg fight Anderson next.
No, let Holly have a crack at Nunes.