Cris Cyborg’s Pet Zoo
Cris Cyborg has so many adopted animals that she stopped counting. “There’s Manny Porkiao, the pig, and the cats are Laila Ali and Sugar Ray. The dog I just got, the pit bull, is Holly — I texted Holly [Holm] asking if I could name one of my dogs after her and she said it’s cool. The chickens don’t have a name, I just call them Las Chicas and Las Niñas because one is older than the others. We called the parrot Chael because Chael Sonnen likes to talk a lot [laughs], and the parakeet is Belal [Muhammed], one fighter from Arabia.”
Cristiane Justino Venâncio, born July 9, 1985, known professionally by her ring name Cris Cyborg (and formerly by her married name Cristiane Santos), is a Brazilian–American mixed martial artist who as of January 2021 competes in Bellator MMA, where she is the current Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion, having held the title since January 2020. She is also a former UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. She is the only MMA fighter in history, male or female, to become a Grand Slam Champion, holding world championships across four major mixed martial arts promotions.
Cyborg is widely regarded as one of the greatest female mixed martial artists of all time. Cyborg first rose to prominence when she won the Strikeforce title on August 15, 2009, by defeating Gina Carano via first-round technical knock-out (TKO). As of March 29, 2021, she is #1 in the Bellator Women’s pound-for-pound Rankings.