Jason Parillo is one of Cyborg’s coaches and he believes the former champion simply beat herself at UFC 232.
“I saw Cris go out there and beat herself,” Parillo told MMA Junkie. “I’ve said it in many interviews before, and it was always my biggest concern – which is her just going for broke, losing the plot and swinging wild. Just going back to old school Cyborg. Because I told her that the higher we climb the ladder, we’re not going to be able to get away with this style. We need to think a little bit more and stay behind the jab.”
The loss was the first for Cyborg since losing her professional MMA debut to Erica Paes in May of 2005.
Parillo says that it all went downhill after Nunes landed that first leg kick against Cyborg.
“I know Cris. I know my fighter and saw the way she reacted to that leg kick when it hit her,” Parillo said. “Instead of moving out and staying behind her jab, she went for broke off the get-go and got caught doing it. It was very much ‘oh no you didn’t,’ and she just started swinging for the fences. Cris went straight disrespect mode, like she can walk down anybody, but she was in there with a skillful fighter who has a really good punch. That’s how maybe Cris was going to get beaten, against someone who has the fortitude to be able to sit in there with that aggressive style. You have to respect Amanda for that.”
Cyborg has called for a rematch with Nunes, but the newly crowned champion said it may take two years before that happens.