UFC 240 Preview

ufc-240It’s not easy to get to the top of the UFC but even tougher is to stay there as there are some great fighters who will always be around to put up a fight.

Two fighters at UFC 240 are on different ends of the spectrum but they will both have a big challenge ahead of them if they hope to get where they are planning to go by the end of the night.

Cris Cyborg is one of the most feared women’s fighters in MMA as she ruled for years as the unbeatable woman.

Although Ronda Rousey took most of the headlines for making women’s MMA a part of the UFC it was always Cyborg who was the best in the world.

The problem was always that there weren’t many women her size to fight but she still made the effort to get down to bantamweight.

Although entirely depleted from her weight cut she dominated everyone and eventually the UFC created a division essentially just for her.

She took over that division and won the title as expected but then she ran into Amanda Nunes who handed Cyborg her first loss since 2005.

It was a shocker but Cyborg remains the gold standard and many wonder what she will do in her return fight.

That is where Felicia Spencer comes in as the 7-0 Canadian will take on her biggest challenge ever.

Spencer hasn’t made a ton of noise in the UFC yet but a win over Megan Anderson, the one woman many thought could beat Cyborg, put her into the spotlight.

Spencer is not very known and for many this is a fight where the UFC is just trying to get Cyborg back into the win column.

For Spencer, this is the chance she needs to make her way to being one of the best in the world.

Beating a fighter like Cyborg is sure to make her a name in the UFC as she has a chance to take the quick yet extremely tough path to the top of the women’s MMA world.

Anderson and Cyborg are among the best bigger women in the sport and beating both in her first two UFC fights is unprecedented.

That is what it takes though as there is no easy road to the top of the UFC and although Spencer’s might be the toughest if she pulls it off she is sure to be among the title contenders in the featherweight division.

On the other side of the spectrum is a man who has already risen to the top of his division and is among the best in the world.

Max Holloway put together one of the most impressive runs that the UFC has ever seen beginning in 2014.

That was when he beat Will Chope and began a seven-fight win streak in the deepest division in the UFC.mma-sidebar.fw

Yet among all of those fights, he never seemed to be able to make his way to the top until he took on Jeremy Stephens in 2015.

That was the first time Holloway got close to gold and he took full advantage winning the interim belt.

He then took on Jose Aldo twice for the real belt and won both fights putting himself among the best Featherweights of all time.

It wasn’t enough though as Holloway looked to become the latest double-champ in the UFC when he took on Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title.

The heavier weight wasn’t the right fit though as Holloway took a decision loss, his first in four years.

Now he returns to the featherweight division but waiting for hi is a living legend who is looking to capture his second UFC belt in his second division.

Frankie Edgar will go down as one of the greatest lightweights in the UFC and after spending years fighting at the top of one of the toughest division he made his way to one of the deepest.

Since 2013 he has been fighting in the featherweight division with mixed results which tend to come with his brawler style.

There is no doubt that he is among the best though and after a win against Cub Swanson, he earned his shot.

Now Holloway looks to take out another legend of the sport to defend his belt and show that he remains one of the best.

This is just the start for Holloway too as there is a line of challengers that will make his road to cleaning a division very tough.

Both Holloway and Spencer have tough roads ahead of them but if they can pull them off greatness awaits.


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