Sinead Kavanagh aims to make history in the early hours of Saturday morning by becoming the first ever Irishwoman to win an MMA world title – and only the second ever Irishperson to do so after Conor McGregor.
She faces one of the biggest names in combat sports in Cris Cyborg, who has lost just once since 2005 and is the current 145-pound champion and top-ranked women’s pound-for-pound star, but the Inchicore native is confident of getting the win.
“She’s going to try and finish this early. I’m too dangerous for her. She is going to try and finish this in round one,” Kavanagh said.
“It’s going to be ground and pound, what she’s good at.
“It’s a dangerous fight for both of us. This could end in any round. We are heavy hitters. The five rounds probably suit her better because she’s used to them. I’m not.”
A Kavanagh win would surely be one of the most shocking results in MMA history, with Cyborg currently sitting as a the far out favourite.
Those odds could put some extra pressure on Cyborg to put on a show since the only statement the champion can make is one that shows how dominant she is.
The fight takes place at Bellator 271 in Florida and the action will get under way from 12am Irish time.
Irish fans can watch the action on Virgin Media 2 from midnight with the main card set to get underway at 3am.
You can follow all the action here though as we will have live updates of the main card and all the reaction and results from the undercard.
For those that are staying up late, it’s time to grab a coffee!
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- Steve Mowry vs. Rakim Cleveland