SPORTV.COM: You met her husband fighting. How was it? He helped you?
Cris Cyborg: I knew him before my first fight. Before we were just friends. He called me and said, "Let's jog." He was interested in me already (laughs). We jog all the time. After this fight we started dating. And it was all very quick. We dated already living together. I told him: "Let's get married, because from where i come, it doesn't work like that" I met him at the age of 19 and married 20. He helped me a lot. At first he showed me his fights, he was already well known. At first I was Cris "Chute Boxe", then the second fight they said to me put Cris "Cyborg". Felt right. It was a responsibility, right? He was a long time on the walk.
Do you dream of one day come to the UFC?
I think every athlete dreams. The UFC is the biggest event in the world. Strikeforce is now the UFC, but it is not the same thing. So that my motivation is to make good fights and get there one day. you dream of participating in the best team, the best event.
Dana White (UFC President) has said, and you agreed that lack of women in MMA. You think maybe the UFC could make an exception and make a female fight?
I think we're almost there. All that will make money and attract media attention will get their attention too. Everything that can help them in the future is considered. But this depends, of having more women. They will put it there two good fights, but one has to have continuity.
You won your last 11 fights, almost all by knockout in the first round. You think you're far superior to your opponents?
All the girls who fought are good at something. One is good jiu-jitsu, another of MuayThai ... I don't think I'm far superior to all. It was sort of God that is blessing me. I did not stop in time. I can not afford to do that. Still training, winning or losing. And there are many people who are there, my fan and is now studying my game since I started.
Do you consider yourself the best (female) MMA fighter in the world?
People consider, but if I consider myself I'll stop in time. I have to evolve more, but people do think that of me.
Have you suffered prejudice by being a fighter?
I have suffered at first, but not in my gym. People look and say, "Wow, what a strong woman." With every strong woman you have a little bias. But it never affected me. When you work with what you like, do not give importance to these things. There in the gym where I trained, 40 were men and women's just me. But they always respected me, I always felt good. If I did not feel well, I wouldn't be there.
And in the streets? People look at you in a different way?
You're different, right? You're one ET there for sure. But the guys are more open mind now, that MMA is not street fighting, is a profession. It generally is changing. But it never affected me. Even I find myself looking to a different person.
Men get to mess with you on a daily basis?
Back in the United States does not. They respect because they know I'm Cris "Cyborg", I am married with Cyborg. They do approach, but with respect, as a fan.
Has anyone ever challenged you in the street to know that you are fighting?
No, they do play, but they think I'll kill them (laughs). It is not fear, but respect. Once, when I started training, I was on the bus and a guy started to hand over my ass. I looked back and did not know who it was. I then kind of kicked the guy, and he kicked me. I never fought with anyone. I even picked up on the street. When I was about ten years, I got beat up in a corner by some friends. I was a soft kid.
That fact that you have learned so much from men was a difference in your career?
I think the main thing. When I started in my gym had Wanderlei (Silva), (Mauritius) Shogun, Cyborg himself, and they were always in my mirrors start. I have not trained with them, I only watched. I was "off the books" (laughs). Training with much different man, one thing is always going to be difficult. Sometimes I take a few blows of the guys there, I'm kind of sad though, then I say, "No, Chris, it's hard to train with men." This is a differential.
How do you take the question of vanity, the feminine side?
I try to keep my femininity. I think it's very important for the image of the sport. It is important to sell more. If I have a daughter, for example, I want her to fight, but still delicate and feminine. In the ring has to be gross, but otherwise has to be a girl. Some parents are afraid to put the girl in fights because they think it can turn "dyke." I think that's bad for the sport.
Did your husband got caught training with you?
No, he let me hit him (laughs). Everyone keeps joking about how mad I was at home, but he does not fight back. In the MMA, he's my teacher.
But ultimately, the boss at home, you or Cyborg?
I think it's Cyborg (laughs). But the last word is usually the woman, right? But it depends, we enter a consensus. We have a normal marriage. The problem is that we get much time together. It is more difficult to live with.
We have seen in a video that you trained with Tito Ortiz ...
He had surgery on back, but I did not know. He is much stronger, but it was the heat of the moment. He had returned from surgery, then they put me in as if it were easy (sparring) for him. He picked me up in a triangle, and I got up and throw him down, but did not know he had surgery. Then everyone was talking about to stop (laughs).
How is harassment?
When I fought Gina (Carano), people booed me there in the United States because she was a darling. But I was gradually conquering all. Harassment is very large. Here (in Brazil) is not even a third. So I'm sad because the people that I represent do not know me. Even now, that opened the door to MMA, as well. There (in the US) I go the market and people are crazy asking to take pictures. Here only a couple of people at the airport. And only people fighting the environment that know me.
The fight against Gina Carano was a watershed in his career? She left out the MMA and will launch a movie now ...
Was the main fight of my career. Belt women did not exist before, and was the first event in the U.S. to have a major fight between women. She had a big name there. It opened the door. So the guys said it was the beauty against the beast, and her father even joked: "Watch yourself, she'll do a movie, eh. Don't hit her too much." But it's nice to see someone from MMA exploding in another area.
You think about fighting her again?
I think it's a good fight for me. I want to take revenge for all the girls with whom i fought. It would be a great fight. Everyone wants to see.
Ronda Rousey, disclosure of the MMA, said the fight between you two has to happen someday, but first she wants to take the belt from bantamweight to fight Miesha Tate has been confirmed for March 3. What do you think about it?
I think that MMA is growing, and she knows nothing. She only knows judo. MMA is different, she never took a punch in the face. After my last fight, I said I wanted to fight with her, and she was there at the event. She made three fights in my class and said that she wanted to fight me, but then wanted to lose weight. I told the matchmaker (which house the fights) that would be her the next round, but he said to calm down, she only had four fights. The fight against Miesha is best for her. And the event in the United States is trying to promote her, as it did with Gina (Carano).
And what do you think of Miesha Tate?
I know her, she's really nice. We have spoken to train together. One day, if I fight her, will not be because I wanted to but because I admire her. I always say that I have no interest in taking the belt of her class. I want to do more fighting in my division.
If one day the UFC asked you to fight with men, would you accept?
I always say that i leave the mans to Cyborg, that's my husband. I think there is nothing impossible, but I'll always be at a disadvantage, right? Could make a good fight. It would be an experience, it wouldn't be easy. But I think the Athletic Commission would not allow.
As the President of Strikeforce (Scott Coker) said, do you consider the Mike Tyson of female MMA?
The president said after the last fight that he did not know what he would do with me. I landed 15 punches in 16 seconds. I'm happy. Mike Tyson was "the men". Just do not want to end up like him, biting the ear of someone (laughs).