After so many years of speculation, undefeated mixed martial artist Cris Cyborg will finally be stepping inside the Octagon for the first time. That’s right! The deal is officially set in stone. Cyborg will face her first opponent, Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in Brazil.
According to the UFC, the fight will be held at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Cyborg is currently undefeated inside the cage. She won 15 bouts since her pro MMA debut in May 2005. In Invicta FC, Cyborg recently defeated Daria Ibragimova via knocked out in the very first round at Invicta FC 15, which also marked her third-straight first-round finish. As for Smith, she has mostly competed at flyweight and bantamweight. She is coming off a win again Rin Nakai via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 85.
UFC 198 will take place on May 14, 2016 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. The main event will feature a heavyweight title bout between champion Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.