VIDEO: Cris Cyborg Destroys Opponent in a Stunning First Round KO to Secure Bellator Title

Published 11/13/2021, 2:50 AM EST
CURITIBA, BRAZIL – MAY 14: (L-R) Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino of Brazil celebrates after defeating Leslie Smith in their women’s catchweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg defended her gold strap in stunning fashion with a first-round knockout win. Cyborg took on Sinead Kavanagh in the main event of Bellator 271.

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Both the fighters exchanged strikes right after the first bell. In the first minute of the fight, Kavanagh landed a few punches on Cyborg. However, it couldn’t do any damage to her. And the champion quickly retaliated with a powerful right that dropped Kavanagh to the canvas.

 

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Cyborg further flattened the Irish fighter into the mat with heavy punches, forcing the referee to jump in and stop the fight in 1:32 minutes of the first round. It was her maiden first-round knockout win in the promotion.

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This win marked Cyborg’s third title defense in Bellator. She dethroned Julia Budd in her debut fight at Bellator 238. Furthermore, the Brazilian women’s fighter is now undefeated 4-0 in the promotion.

Cris Cyborg is in a league of her own

Cris Cyborg has an amazing professional fighting career of 25-2. She has stunning twenty knockout wins and one submission win on her resume. The 36-year-old is considered one of the best women fighters in combat sports.

She faced a setback in her professional fighting debut. However, later she went on a rampage, destroying her opponents in whichever promotion she stepped foot in.

INGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 25: Cris Cyborg (blue gloves) in the cage after defeating Julia Budd in their featherweight world title fight at The Forum on January 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Cyborg won by TKO in the 4th round. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Cyborg has been a champion in three different promotions in her MMA career. During her time in the UFC, she was one of the most dominant female fighters in the division. Her only UFC setback came against Amanda Nunes at UFC 232.

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Both the fighters were scheduled to clash again in a rematch. However, Cyborg and the UFC president, Dana White, had some differences between them. This resulted in Cyborg departing the promotion.

Interestingly, despite her age, the Brazilian is doing great at Bellator. With the same form and dominance, she has proved that she is in a league of her own and can thrive anywhere.

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If she can keep herself in the win column for a while, Cyborg might surely go down as one of the greatest female fighters in the sport.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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