October 26, 1984|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
Bantamweight (125–135 Ib)|
Featherweight (135–145 Ib)
Lightweight (145–155 Ib)
|Reach||62 in (157 cm)|
Black belt in Judo |
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. 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.
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.
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
In January 2009, Cindy Dandois made her professional MMA debut, defeating Marloes Coenen. Over the next several years Dandois defeated champion kickboxer Jorina Baars, 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.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. She lost the fight via unanimous decision. Dandois later announced on her Instagram that she has been released from the UFC.
Rizin Fighting Federation
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
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|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.|
- "Bombshell Cindy Dandois: Cristiane Cyborg Looks Like a Man and Fights Like a Man". Bloody Elbow. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- 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.
- "Cindy Dandois - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
- Simon, Zane (22 February 2017). "UFC signs former top Invicta talent Cindy Dandois". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
- "ABOUT CINDY – 'YA KNOW ?'". cindydandois.com/. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
- "Cindy Dandois Video: Watch Pregnant MMA Fighter Take Down Opponent". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
- "Pregnant Fighter Comments on Pulling Out of Gina Carano Fight". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
- "Cindy Dandois credits Miesha Tate with helping her return to MMA". AXS TV. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
- "Invicta FC 10 Results: Tonya Evinger Overwhelms, Submits Cindy Dandois". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
- "Megan Anderson submitted by Cindy Dandois in Invicta FC debut". Fight News Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Invicta FC 18 video highlights: Grasso dazzles, Dandois taps Duke, Anderson blasts Morgan". 30 July 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Cindy Dandois on losing her Invicta FC 15 headliner spot: I don't really get it". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
- 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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