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UFC 198 fight card: Cris Cyborg vs Leslie Smith full fight preview

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Cris Cyborg and Leslie Smith will throw down this Saturday (May 14, 2016) at UFC 198 inside Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. In a match up of Muay Thai destroyer and brawler, what adjustments must be made for either woman to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) scrappers Cris Cyborg and Leslie Smith will duel at a Catchweight of 140 pounds this Saturday (May 14, 2016) at UFC 198 inside Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

Fight fans have been waiting for Cyborg’s Octagon debut for some time. One of the most terrifying women in the sport, a dominant debut would put Cyborg in position for some high-profile fights before long. While Smith isn’t the most accomplished fighter, her toughness cannot be denied. Beyond that, Smith was the only fighter to jump at the chance to fight Cyborg at catchweight, so now she has a major opportunity on her hands.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both women:

Cris Cyborg
Record: 15-1 (1)
Key Wins: Marloes Coenen (Invicta FC 6, Strikeforce: Miami), Gina Carano (Strikeforce: Carano vs Cyborg), Shayna Bazler (Elite XC: Unfinished Business)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Cyborg is one of the most aggressive fighters in the world. She routinely swarms her opponent with punches and knees, overwhelming them with an all out assault of violence.

She’s finished 13 of her opponents by knockout.

This is a huge fight for Cyborg against an opponent who plays into her style perfectly. So long as her weight cut goes reasonably well, there’s no real reason that Cyborg shouldn’t be able to walk Smith down and drop the hammer.

Smith is a striker as well, but she’s not much of a power puncher nor does she have the athleticism and size of Cyborg. Furthermore, Smith cannot really hope to grapple with Cyborg, ….View full article

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