Cristiane Justino Venâncio (formerly Cristiane Santos; born July 9, 1985) known professionally by her ring name Cris Cyborg, is a Brazilian-American mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC. She is the current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion, as well as the former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion and former Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion. Cyborg first rose to prominence when she won the Strikeforce title on August 15, 2009, by defeating Gina Carano via first-round technical knock-out (TKO). She lives in San Diego where she trains and teaches at The Arena. As of 26 July 2018, she is #11 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
Cyborg was a national-level team handball player in Brazil before being discovered by Rudimar Fedrigo, a Chute Boxe Academy trainer.
She made her anticipated United States MMA debut on July 26, 2008, against Shayna Baszler at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. She won the fight by TKO in the second round.