Cindy Dandois

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Cindy Dandois
Cindy Dandois 1 (cropped).png
Born (1984-10-26) October 26, 1984 (age 33)
Deurne, Belgium
Other names Battlecat
Nationality Belgian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Bantamweight (125–135 Ib)
Featherweight (135–145 Ib)
Lightweight (145–155 Ib)
Reach 62 in (157 cm)
Style Judo, Wrestling
Team Perfect Team[1]
Rank Black belt in Judo[2]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 12
By knockout 4
By submission 5
By decision 2
By disqualification 1
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Cindy Dandois is a Belgian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions in Invicta and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[4] She began her judoka training at the age of 5 under the training of Johan Laats, and freestyle wrestling at age 8 under Joseph Mewis. Dandois later transitioned into mixed martial arts, and trains at a gym in Belgium owned by her brother Ben Dandois. She trains at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts while she is in the United States. She famously called out current UFC featherweight champion of the world Cris Cyborg on Twitter.

Personal life[edit]

Dandois is a high school teacher, and speaks 5 languages (Dutch, English, Greek, French and German). She teaches gym education and training classes at Perfect Team gym, and competes in MMA career while continuing her other careers. She has four children: Eleftherios, Lola Katerina, Nafisatu and Victoria.[5]

During her time in Strikeforce she was scheduled to fight Miesha Tate, but the bout never materialized. This brought the two together, and they have been friends ever since. Tate later invited Dandois to the United States, to assist in her in training for her second fight against Ronda Rousey.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In January 2009, Cindy Dandois made her professional MMA debut, defeating Marloes Coenen. Over the next several years Dandois defeated champion kickboxer Jorina Baars,[6] and took on other fighters under the M-1 banner. Dandois was going to fight Gina Carano after the latter had lost to Cris Cyborg, but had to withdraw due to getting pregnant.[7]

Invicta FC[edit]

After three years of inactivity due to pregnancy Dandois became active again, and signed with Invicta Fighting Championships.[8]

In her promotional debut with Invicta FC in December 2014, Dandois faced Tonya Evinger at Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio. She lost the fight by armbar submission.[9]

Dandois' next opponent was Megan Anderson, who she defeated by triangle choke submission at Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad.[10]

Dandois then submitted Jessamyn Duke via armbar submission at Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel.[11]

Dandois was later scheduled to face Cris Cyborg at a 140-pound catchweight, but the fight was cancelled. Daria Ibragimova was given the headliner fight instead, as a 145 title shot against Cyborg.[12]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In February 2017, it was announced that Dandois had signed with the UFC. In her debut, Dandois fought Alexis Davis at UFC Fight Night 108.[13] She lost the fight via unanimous decision. Dandois later announced on her Instagram that she has been released from the UFC.

Rizin Fighting Federation[edit]

Dandois then signed with the Japanese promotion Rizin Fighting Federation. She made her debut against Reina Miura at Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round on December 29, 2017. She won the fight by split decision.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–3 Irén Rácz TKO (punches) Staredown Fighting Championship 128 March 17, 2018 2 N/A Deurne, Belgium Featherweight bout.
Win 11–3 Hatice Ozyurt Submission (triangle choke) Battle Under the Tower 2018 February 24, 2018 2 1:46 Steenwijk, Netherlands Catchweight 150 pound bout.
Win 10–3 Reina Miura Decision (split) Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round December 29, 2017 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Lightweight bout.
Win 9–3 Kerry Hughes TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 89 November 25, 2017 1 1:53 Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium Catchweight 140 pound bout.
Loss 8–3 Alexis Davis Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov April 22, 2017 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 8–2 Anjela Pink Submission (armbar) COTC - Conquest of the Cage 24 November 11, 2016 1 0:13 Airway Heights, Washington, United States Featherweight bout.
Win 7–2 Jessamyn Duke Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel July 29, 2016 1 1:33 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 6–2 Megan Anderson Submission (triangle choke) Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad September 12, 2015 2 2:41 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Featherweight bout.
Loss 5–2 Tonya Evinger Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio December 5, 2014 2 1:23 Houston, Texas, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 5–1 Jorina Baars TKO (punches) Staredown March 19, 2011 2 4:50 Antwerp, Belgium Featherweight bout.
Loss 4–1 Yana Kunitskaya TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 22 December 10, 2010 1 0:34 Moscow, Russia Bantamweight debut.
Win 4–0 Sheila Gaff DQ (illegal knee) M-1 Selection 2010: Western Europe Round 3 May 29, 2010 3 0:10 Helsinki, Finland
Win 3–0 Daria Ibragimova Submission (triangle choke) M-1 Selection 2010: Western Europe Round 2 March 27, 2010 1 3:02 Weesp, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Maria Hougaard Djursaa TKO (punches) M-1 Selection 2010: Western Europe Round 1 February 5, 2010 1 1:12 Hilversum, Netherlands
Win 1–0 Marloes Coenen Decision (unanimous) Beast of the East January 24, 2009 3 5:00 Zutphen, Netherlands Featherweight debut.


  1. ^ "Bombshell Cindy Dandois: Cristiane Cyborg Looks Like a Man and Fights Like a Man". Bloody Elbow. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Cindy Dandois (@DandoisCindy) (October 8, 2015). ""(...) and I have a Win over Coenen and Baars and I am a BlackBelt Judo! (...)"". Twitter. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cindy Dandois - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Simon, Zane (22 February 2017). "UFC signs former top Invicta talent Cindy Dandois". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "ABOUT CINDY – 'YA KNOW ?'". Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Cindy Dandois Video: Watch Pregnant MMA Fighter Take Down Opponent". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Pregnant Fighter Comments on Pulling Out of Gina Carano Fight". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Cindy Dandois credits Miesha Tate with helping her return to MMA". AXS TV. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Invicta FC 10 Results: Tonya Evinger Overwhelms, Submits Cindy Dandois". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  10. ^ "Megan Anderson submitted by Cindy Dandois in Invicta FC debut". Fight News Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Invicta FC 18 video highlights: Grasso dazzles, Dandois taps Duke, Anderson blasts Morgan". 30 July 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Cindy Dandois on losing her Invicta FC 15 headliner spot: I don't really get it". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  13. ^ Raimondi, Marc (22 February 2017). "UFC signs veteran Cindy Dandois to face Alexis Davis at UFC Fight Night 108". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 

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