Cris Cyborg has defended UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza following recent online comments from fans.
Esparza recently posted a picture of herself to Facebook alongside the caption “3 weeks to go”, about her upcoming title defense against Zhang Weili. Cyborg, the reigning Bellator featherweight champ, commented on the post saying “Keep up the good work!”. When a fan responded with a critical “what good work”, Cyborg let her feelings be known.
“She won the Invicta FC belt in 2013, then won a tournament to become UFC’s first champ at that weight and went on to re-capture the belt by winning six fights in a row. It’s now 2022, Carla has been the top or near the top of the strawweight division for almost a decade. Don’t tear others down to build yourself up. Carla is an amazing example to other women of what hard work can achieve.” she said.
Esparza captured the UFC strawweight championship in May after defeating Rose Namajunas via a split decision at UFC 274. The victory marked the beginning of her second reign as 115-pound queen.
‘The Cookie Monster’ will attempt to defend the title at UFC 281 when she takes on Zhang Weili.
UFC 281 takes place on November 12, 2022, from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States.