Consensus Women’s #1 Pound-for-Pound Boxer in the World and Undisputed Welterweight World Champion, CECILIA BRAEKHUS (32-0, 9 KO’s) is in Las Vegas this weekend to support UFC Women’s Featherweight World Champion CRIS CYBORG ahead of her highly anticipated showdown with HOLLY HOLM, tomorrow, Saturday, December 30, 2017 at UFC 219 in the T-Mobile Arena.
Earlier this month Braekhus met with Cyborg for a strategy session at the RVCA Gym in Costa Mesa, California.
“I’m thrilled to be back in Las Vegas supporting Cyborg in this huge fight for her,” said Braekhus who traveled from her home in Norway on Thursday. “If Cyborg wins, I’d love to fight her in a boxing match in the future and this is something she has also expressed interest in.”
“It’s great to see women competing in a main event for UFC in such a tremendous international promotion. It truly reflects well for combat sports and the future for all women whether in boxing or MMA.”
Braekhus is making plans to for her return to the boxing ring in the United States in 2018. She last fought in America in June 2008.
UFC Welterweight Champion Woodley, Retired Contender Florian and Lead Host Bryant at the FOX Sports Desk
Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cruz Calls Fights with Analyst Rogan and Blow-by-Blow Announcer Anik
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and retired contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) serve as FOX Sports desk analysts with lead UFC host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for UFC 219: CYBORG VS. HOLM programming on Saturday, Dec. 30.
Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) joins analyst Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call UFC 219 live from Las Vegas. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site. Santiago Ponzinibbio (@SPonzinibbioMMA), Marlon Vera (@chitoveraUFC) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.
The UFC 219 main event features a battle between two of the greatest female fighters ever as Cris “Cyborg” Justino (18-1, 1NC) defends her UFC women’s featherweight title against Holly Holm (11-3). An accomplished competitor who has held titles in Strikeforce and Invicta FC, feared Brazilian striker Cyborg made her long-awaited UFC debut in 2016 and won the UFC featherweight championship a year later, extending her unbeaten streak to 19 fights. A 2017 inductee of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame, Holm was a three-division world champion in the ring before making the full-time move to MMA in 2013. Since then, Holm has continued to make her mark, knocking out the previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey in 2015 to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title. At UFC 219, she’ll move up to 145 pounds to face off with Cyborg in a dream fight highly anticipated by the fans.
FS1 begins its coverage of UFC 219 on Wednesday, Dec. 27 (11:00 PM ET), with UFC TONIGHT. Host Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview UFC 219. The UFC 219 WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, Dec. 29 (7:00 PM ET) on FS1 with host Bryant and analysts Woodley and Florian previewing the upcoming fights. Olivi adds reports and interviews fighters.
Saturday’s programming begins with the UFC 219 PREFIGHT SHOW on FS1 (6:30 PM ET) as Bryant, Florian, Woodley and Olivi break down the night’s fights.
The two-hour UFC 219 PRELIMS continue on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 8:00 PM ET and feature four action-packed bouts. Light heavyweight Khalil Rountree (7-2) faces Michal Oleksiejczuk (12-2). Lightweight Dan Hooker (15-7) squares off with Marc Diakiese (12-1), while No. 15-featherweight Myles Jury (21-10) and Rick Glenn (20-4-1) go head-to-head. Plus, No. 13-ranked Louis Smolka (11-4) and Matheus Nicolau (12-2-1) open the PRELIMS with an exciting flyweight bout. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the UFC 219 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1.
Leading up to UFC 219, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #UFC219 fights this Saturday.
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