MMA star Chris Cyborg appears to box for love, not money

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (AFP) – When Chris “Cyborg” Justino turned 37 this summer, she was in the middle of hundreds of hours of grueling training for her professional boxing debut.

And Justino didn’t turn away from months spent in this compact gym on a gritty industrial back street in Orange County just to get a paycheck.

“I don’t do it for the money,” she said. “It’s the opposite, actually.”

One of the world’s most famous mixed martial artists is pursuing a dream he’s cherished since learning how to fight in Brazil nearly two decades ago. After competing professionally in Muay Thai and in wrestling, this former handball player will step into the squared circle for the first time Sunday night to face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Justino’s hometown.

“I have some butterflies in my stomach, but I like to feel it,” Justino said. “I’ve had a lot of amazing fights, but it’s good for me to have challenges. I always want to challenge myself. I never want to stop. Why not? Everyone has to do something uncomfortable. You can’t sit on the couch and think about a dream. You have to do. that “.

Justino admits that her latest fight is not practical from an economic point of view.

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