The most highly anticipated womens fight in MMA history turned out to be a landslide, as Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos destroyed Gina Carano en route to becoming the first-ever Strikeforce 145-pound women’s champ this past Saturday night.
“Since the beginning, I knew this fight would be hard,” Santos stated via a translator. “That’s why I trained so hard for this fight. The key for tonight was five years of training.”
Cyborg was a 2-to-1 favorite to win the five round affair. As expected, she was far more aggressive and powerful, landing pretty much anything and everything she wanted. In fact, the only time Carano found herself in an advantageous position was when Cyborg tried two body throws, which resulted in the Maxim model in a full mount both times.
While on the ground, Cyborg was able to use her superior strength to fend Carano off, almost catching her in a nasty heel hook submission just moments into the bout.
Carano managed to wiggle free and got the fight back up, which turned out to be the lesser of two evils as Cyborg immediately dragged the over-matched Carano back to the ground, syncing in a tight Americana submission attempt.
Carano wound up escaping again, albeit momentarily as Cyborg started raining down bombs, tagging MMA’s most flawless face time and again.
Although there was no doubt who the better woman was tonight, the bout did end in some controversy as referee Jake Rosenthal called a stop to the fight just one second before the end of the first round.
Carano’s corner, including UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, protested, if not wishfully thought, that the fight should be extended another five minutes as the stoppage was after the bell. However, on replay the stoppage did appear to slide in just before the horn sounded.
“I want to thank all the fans,” Santos humbly said as Strikeforce brass wrapped her waist with championship gold. “I train a lot, and everything I do is for the fans.”
If you didn’t believe it before, you better now . . . Cyborg is from another planet.