Brittney Elkin: “Cris Cyborg is a huge part of the reason why women were presented to the main stage”

The MMA world is still buzzing from last week’s announcement that UFC superstar Cris Cyborg will be making the first defense of her featherweight title on December 30 against Holly Holm.

Cyborg has been competing as a professional mixed martial arts for over twelve years.

Cyborg (18-1-0, 1 NC) is by far one of the most popular MMA stars in the world, a pioneer of the sport who has been competing as a professional for over twelve years. The Brazilian won the UFC featherweight title this past July, knocking out Tonya Evinger in the third-round. Prior to joining the UFC, she had also won the Strikeforce and Invicta FC 145-pound titles.

As with every big MMA star, a group of haters will always be lurking. In Cyborg’s case, many haters refer back to January 2012 when it was announced that Cyborg had tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. As a result of the banned substance, Cyborg had her license suspended for one year and was fined $2,500. The 32-year-old has never tested positive since, yet UFC fans continue to bring it up.

Fellow featherweight star, Bellator MMA’s Brittney Elkin, revealed her opinions on the hate Cyborg receives during a recent interview with WMMA Rankings. The 31-year-old feels as though any nasty comments directed to the Brazilian are completely unwarranted, she also credits Cyborg as being one of the athletes to help bring women’s MMA to the main stage.

Elkin is not impressed with people who continue to criticize Cyborg for something which happened in the “past”.

Cris Cyborg made a mistake, so what? I’ve made so many mistakes. People who hold themselves in a higher or more moral correct way  with their decision making have a judgmental attitude about decisions made in the past, lessons which we have all learned from.” Elkin said.

Cyborg was a huge part of the reasons why women were presented to the main stage, she is fearless and a specimen that is unique and evolved from normal. Yes,  she made a poor past choice, but if any accuser looked inward at a traumatic time in their life I’m sure they can relate to a bad decision. If the behavior continued or proceeded to continue further, punishment should be taken. I think people fear Cris and that’s the one thing they can say to keep her out of the game, she is a legend and if someone is willing, let them fight.” she continued.

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“UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm” takes place on December 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view.

Fight fans, are you excited for Cyborg vs. Holm? How do you see the fight going? Let us know in the comments section below.


One comment

  1. I thought I posted the following earlier. Pardon if it turns out to be a repeat. Maybe the staff doesn’t tolerate a difference of opinions.

    While I am looking forward to the Holm/Cyborg match-up, as it represents one of the few even borderline challenges to Cris, I am also a little taken back by Elkin’s apparent naivety. Does she truly think that the one time Cris was busted was the only time she used steroids? I personally don’t hold her past steroid use that much against her, in that 1) she may not have even known she was using steroids and 2) it was pretty accepted in the environment she was training in at that time. At the same time, I can fully understand a fighter not wanting to face someone who has built such an impressive physique through its use.

    What bothers me more is her taking fights with and being glorified for destroying women that have no business being in the cage with her, and even coming in overweight to take on an undersized fighter. The most egregious example is her fight with 5’4″ Hitomi Akano, a former flyweight that had moved to bantamweight and had asked Cris for a fight at catchweight. Not only did Cris refuse to meet her halfway at 140, she came in more than 5 pounds over the 145 limit. She initially wanted to pull out of the fight as Cris refused to make any effort to lose additional weight. Somehow Strikeforce persuaded her to go ahead. Given the circumstances, such behavior is borderline criminal in my opinion. Both Cris and Strikeforce are fortunate Akano was not seriously injured in the encounter despite surprisingly able to make it to the third round.

    How the writer, Elkin and so many others glorify her escapes me but to each their own.

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