It has been a long wait, but Cris Cyborg fans no longer need complain. The reigning Strikeforce featherweight champ will be back in the cage on December 17, when she puts her belt up for grabs against Japan’s Hiroto Yamanaka.
Undefeated since May of 2005, when on her MMA debut she suffered the only loss of her professional career, Cris will have an opponent with a worthy record on her hands. Yamanaka has had 13 professional fights so far, of which 12 she has won. Her lone loss came back in April of 2008. She has rattled off eight back-to-back wins since.
This will be the Japanese fighter’s Strikeforce debut.