Meet the UFC's new anti-Conor McGregor: Hannah Cifers

DENVER – Hannah Cifers has yet to step into a UFC octagon, but her introduction to the media ready to watch her fight took all of 122 seconds.

In that time, Cifers managed to squeeze in 97 words by my count – though I’ll admit that as quietly as she spoke and as often as her voice trailed off, I may have missed one or two.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Cifers told MMAjunkie about her pending UFC debut. “Really looking forward to it.”

Cifers (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) stepped in on short notice to face highly-touted prospect Maycee Barber (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the FS1-broadcast main card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 139 event at Pepsi Center in Denver. It’s a massive opportunity for the 26-year-old North Carolina native – one that she admits came a little unexpectedly.

“I was kind of surprised to get it on short notice,” Cifers said.

And that’s about as much insight as I feel equipped to share.

“Shockwave” is unquestionably among the quietest, most reserved fighters I’ve ever met. Karolina Kowalkiewicz would probably tell Cifers she needs to come out of her shell a bit.

But if you think she’s overwhelmed by the moment or out of her element, check her record: Cifers currently owns a five-fight winning streak, including four registered by knockout. Or just check out this tweet she took the time to send after her media responsibilities were over.

And there you have it. Perhaps Cifers is out of her element. Or perhaps in this increasingly trashtalk-fueled era of MMA, she’s one of the rare breed who wants to approach her fighting career in a different manner.

We’ll find out on Saturday night.

“They’ll just have to see me when I fight and then go from there,” Cifers said.

For more on UFC Fight Night 139, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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