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Strikeforce Womens Championship
Gina Carano vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
Even though she was roundly booed earlier, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos got a good reaction as she made her way to the cage. She was loudly booed again during the ring introductions, though. Carano got a deafening superstar reaction, you really can’t hear yourself think inside the arena.
Round 1: Cyborg started aggressive, but Carano was able to take her to the ground. Cyborg was almost able to secure a heel hook, but Carano wiggled out. Back on their feet, Cybrg started wailing away on Carano, but Carano was able to turn the tide and take Cyborg to the ground. Carano landed some good punches before letting Cyborg back up. You can see Carano’s confidence increasing with every passing moment. Cyborg kept with the attack, and was able to land another flurry. She got Carano to the ground, but she was able to get back up. Cyborg started to pick away at Carano. Cyborg pressed Carano against the cage and took her to the ground. She attempted a kimura on the ground, but Carano got out. She started wailing away on Carano and connected with a flurry of strikes, prompting the referee to stop the bout with just a second left in the round.
Winner at 4:59 of Round 1 and NEW Strikeforce Womens Champion: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos