Rising star Cat “Alpha” Zingano kept her unbeaten record intact tonight with a third-round knockout victory over Japanese veteran Takayo Hashi at Fight To Win: “Outlaws” in Denver, Colorado. Zingano finished the title fight with a highlight-reel powerbomb slam with just 18 seconds remaining.
Much of the three-round affair was contested in the clinch against the cage, where Zingano was able to use her strength advantage to keep Hashi on the defensive. Hashi was aggressive early on, but Zingano controlled most of the striking exchanges throughout until just before the end of the fight.
The fighters traded strikes early in round one and clinched against the cage. They separated and both landed kicks to the body. Zingano (6-0-0) scored with a flurry and Hashi (13-4-0) countered with a left hook. Zingano rushed in with a kick to the upper body and pushed Hashi to the mat. Hashi wound up on top, but Zingano held on until referee Tim Mills stood the fighters up rather quickly. Hashi backed Zingano up to the cage and Zingano reversed.
Hashi backed away and Zingano landed a flurry. She put Hashi up against the cage again and a battle for position followed. Zingano landed a knee in close and Hashi took advantage by reversing the clinch. She scored with a lengthy combination and backed Hashi up with more punches. 10-9 Zingano.
Round two began with a clinch and Hashi fell after a three-punch combination from Zingano sent her off-balance. She got back to her feet and Zingano muscled her up against the cage. Once more, the fighters battled for position in a clinch and Zingano landed a glancing elbow over the top.
Zingano followed with knees to the thighs, but Hashi caught one and reversed. The fighters separated and Zingano landed an uppercut. Punches were exchanged and Zingano backed Hashi up with another flurry. Hashi clinched and Zingano reversed before the bell. 10-9 Zingano.