After another dominant performance, Cris Cyborg is making a stronger and stronger argument that she is the greatest female MMA fighter ever. Today, we look further into that.
To start, look no further than her latest performance. She came in on short notice to effectively "save" UFC 222, fought Invicta's 135 champion, and did nothing short of dominating. From the first shot she landed, you knew it wasn't going to go well for Kunitskaya. Aside from the weak single leg takedown, she had 0 offense and it was completely in Cyborg's hands. This is just who Cyborg is: a destroyer in the cage.
In fact, she's had little to no real opposition since she began her winning streak, spanning a decade. You could say Holly Holm, only because she wasn't finished, but that fight was clearly Cyborg's as well. The argument can be made that the Women's Featherweight division is just not as well developed, which is fair, but that is not Cyborg's fault. She is fighting those that she is scheduled to face, including plenty of world champions.
There are truly two fights that make sense for Cyborg at this point: Megan Anderson, the only actual Featherweight that the UFC has tried to book, and Amanda Nunes. Cyborg said in her post fight interview that she welcomes the challenge and that, "When you call Cyborg out, you have to have it." That fight could solidify her argument as best ever with a win over one of the other best women's fighters on the planet in Nunes. So, is she best now? For now, it is up for grabs, but she does not seem to be slowing down, so look for this topic to be revisited.