When the Los Angeles Chargers returned to the practice field Monday morning following their first game of the preseason, they had a very special guest on hand paying them a visit.
Cris Cyborg, UFC mixed martial artist and current UFC Women's Featherweight Champion, stopped by Jack Hammett Sports Complex after meeting Chargers Wide Receivers Coach Phil McGeoghan after one of her fights last year.
Cyborg said she was excited to come out to practice. Especially, since it was football the U.S. is used to.
"It's really nice," Cyborg said. "In Brazil, we really only have (soccer) so we don't know too much about (American football). But I'm very excited. It's a great game, and something technical but coachable. I love it."
As someone who trains tirelessly to perform like a champion, she said she gained a new respect for NFL players given the mental aspects of the game in addition to its physical nature. She ultimately equated it to the sport she performs.
"I have spent a lot of time around (people who play the game), and the real cool thing is you respect them," she added. "It's a lot like MMA. It's a lot of hard training and dedication."
On the flip side, the players were excited to have Cyborg out at practice, as they have the utmost respect for the champion. Just ask Russell Okung, who said seeing someone who is at the top of her game lights a fire for the team to come out on top of theirs.
"Cybog is a champion," he said. "We're out here working to perfect our craft and we're talking about winning our division. It's great to see a champion. It's great to see someone who's been at the top before and she embodies that. I was really excited to meet her."
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