Cris Cyborg fights Sweden’s Lina ‘Elbow Queen’ Lansberg in the main event of UFC Fight Night 95 on September 24, 2016 in Brasília, Brazil.
In a recent interview with MMAjunkie, she expressed tremendous confidence. Between 2006 and 2013, Lansberg racked up a huge number of fights in Muay Thai and kickboxing. Although Lansberg lost her debut MMA fight to current Invicta FC bantamweight Pannie Kianzad back in 2012, she has won the last six in a row.
Cyborg too lost her first MMA fight. But she has won the last 17, 15 by Ko, and nine of those in the first round. Cyborg did lose her last Muay Thai fight, vs. Jorina Baars at Lion Fight on March 28, 2014.
Some time prior to that, Landberg killed Knut, the Earl’s half-brother sent to spy on Ragnar, with his own knife.
The ‘Elbow Queen’ is not one to be intimidated.
“It’s tough for them to find opponents for Cris, and I’ve had a lot of standup fights before, so I do understand why they chose me,” said Landberg to Mike Bohn and Fernanda Prates. “Of course I was familiar with her. I know some of the others as well, but I have been following her for years in muay Thai and in MMA. I know her well.
“Definitely she beats opponents before they get in the cage. When she gets in there, and you see it in her last fight against Smith. You saw it from the start that she was beat waking to the cage. It’s definitely the biggest reason to why she wins all the time.”
“I’ve been fighting Muay Thai for so many years now. I have 85 or 90 fights, many of them in the European and world championships. I’ve fought against (Valentina) Shevchenko, who is fighting in the UFC now. I fought her in the finals of a world championship match. I’ve done it for many years, and I’ve won several gold medals in the European championship and the world championship.
“I’ve been preparing for something like this for a long time. I’ve been traveling the world to fight before, and it’s a lot of pressure, but it’s the way I want it to be. That’s the fun part as well. The bigger, the better.”
“Everything is mental 100 percent. It’s a mental game. The technique and the physics is just a small part of it. It’s the mental game that’s most important. I’m comfortable with that, and I work a lot mentally right now, as well, and I have for quite a while with my coach and with a psychologist. It’s a mental game.
“I’m lucky I’m not Cris in this actually because I know the feeling when you go into a fight and you have everything to lose and nothing to win really. I wouldn’t like to be her in this fight. It’s much better to be me to be the underdog and have everything to win.”
“I love elbows. They make everybody bleed so much, and I love that. It will be so much fun. She’s tough, and she’s going to bleed a lot. That’s why I do it. I’m going to enjoy it, and we’re going to have a good time, me and Cris.”
“This fight is absolutely a shortcut to the top, and it’s the best way possible. She is beatable. She has beat many good names, but also a lot of names that weren’t that good, and she’s still human. A lot of people win all the time, but everybody is beatable.”