Filed under: News , UFC , Videos LAS VEGAS – For a long while, Cris Cyborg thought she’d never fight in the UFC, let alone headline a major pay-per-view event as the inaugural women’s featherweight champion. As she climbed up the ranks and made herself known to North American fight fans – first with EliteXC and then during her title reigns with Strikeforce and Invicta FC – the 32-year-old Brazilian striker assume her career might just conclude without ever entering the UFC octagon. Related 10 memorable moments from UFC champ Cris Cyborg's 1-of-a-kind career That former belief makes Saturday’s UFC 219 headliner – where Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) meets challenger and ex-bantamweight champ Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at the annual year-end blockbuster – all the more special.

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