Strikeforce: 'Melendez vs. Masvidal' results: Cristiane Santos defeats Hiroko Yamanaka with 16-second KO victory

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Tonight (Sat., Dec. 17, 2011) The women took center stage on the main card for Strikeforce: "Melendez vs. Masvidal", as reigning Women's Featherweight Champion Cristiane Santos defended her belt against heralded Japanese fighter Hiroko Yamanaka, LIVE from San Diego, California.

"Cyborg" entered the bout having won her last ten mixed martial arts (MMA) fights and looking to continue to cement her legacy as quite possibly the best fighter in all of Women's MMA (WMMA).

Her opponent, Yamanaka, was making her Strikeforce debut and riding an impressive eight-fight win streak of her own.

The fight was supposed to be the first real test that Santos has received in a good, long while.

Santos may eventually be tested, but tonight was not the night as she was able to notch the knockout victory in the very first round.

Within seconds, "Cyborg" swarmed Yamanaka and had her on the mat after eating several punches in the head.

Instantly, the champion was all over her opponent, throwing punches in bunches and causing the referee to step in and call a stop to the action.

After just 16 seconds, it was all over.

The pre-fight entrances took longer than the actual fight itself.

Who's next?

Remember to check out MMAmania.com's ongoing coverage of the Strikeforce: "Melendez vs. Masvidal" main card by clicking here.

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