Cristiane Justino remains a cut above the rest of her competition after yet another dominant first-round victory.
45 seconds was all it took for the Invicta FC featherweight champion to successfully defend her title for the second consecutive time, dispatching of Faith Van Duin by technical knockout in the first round at Invicta FC 13 on Thursday (July 9, 2015) at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Full results and play-by-play here.
Justino backed Duin up after connecting with a right hand early on in the fight. The champion moved forward and immediately followed that up with a flurry against the cage before landed a knee to the body, which sent the New Zealander to the canvas.
From there, "Cyborg" finished her off with strikes on the ground.
"I love fighting," Justino told Laura Sanko after the fight. "I love punching face. Let's go train hard. I make 135-140 and fight Ronda Rousey. Stop running."
Justino has not lost a fight in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition in over 10 years. She said she wants to fight in September next. The Invicta FC 14 card will be held on September 12 in Kansas City, but the Brazilian would not say if her next fight would be at 135 pounds, telling Sanko, "I don't know," when asked.
In the co-main event, Tonya Evinger defeated Irene Aldana by technical knockout in the fourth round to become the new Invicta FC bantamweight champion.
Evinger was relentless in her attack from the opening bell. She knocked Aldana down with a right hand and from there attacked with several submission attempts throughout the first round. First a toehold, then an armbar -- which was really deep -- and then a kimura attack. Evinger was able to transition to mount and also utilized the knee-on-belly position while landing significant hammer fists.
She would attempt a belly-down armbar at the very end of the round.
"Triple Threat" would again dominate in the second and keep the fight on the mat and Aldana on her back. In the third round, Aldan was able to fight off Evinger's takedown attempts for the first three and a half minutes, but Evinger's persistence paid off and she landed a takedown with a little over a minute left in the round.
From there, Evinger transitioned into mount, trapped Aldan's arm, and landed several punches before the round ended.
In the fourth round, Evinger missed on a takedown attempt, but was able to grab onto Aldana after she sprawled and ended up taking her back. She transitioned into mount and looked to set up a side-triangle choke, but gave up on it. Soon after -- while still in mount -- she began raining down punches until referee Mark Smith called it a day at the 4:38 mark of the fourth.
"It's about time," said Evinger after winning the first title of her nine-year career.
Ayaka Hamasaki won the Invicta FC atomweight title by split decision over Herica Tiburcio (48-47, 47-48, 49-46). The Japanese fighter survived an early scare and used her grappling pedigree to earn the nod from the judges.
Tiburcio nearly sealed the deal in the first round after rocking Hamasaki with a flurry and jumping into a guillotine. After grabbing Hamasaki's neck, she rolled into mount with the submission attempt, but Hamasaki was able to weather the storm.
For the rest of the fight it was all Hamasaki. The 33-year-old Japanese fighter utilized an array of trips and takedowns to get Tiburcio to the mat and dominated the Brazilian in the grappling department. Outside of taking Hamasaki's back at the end of the third frame, Tiburcio really had no answer for Hamasaki's top pressure, unless referee Kim Winslow bailed her out with a stand up.
Hamasaki became the first Japanese champion in Invicta FC history. Tiburcio drops to 9-3 overall (1-1 Invicta FC).
Amber Brown dominated Catherine Costigan in their atomweight contest. Brown took her opponent down with a trip and landed right into mount. From there she absolutely smothered Costigan, and landed several elbows, forcing her to give up her back.
Brown locked up the rear-naked choke soon after for the submission victory at the 3:34 mark of the opening round.
In the night's opening bout, Amber Leibrock finished off Ronda Rousey teammate, Marina Shafir, rather quickly. It took Leibrock just 37 seconds to earn the technical knockout victory (watch the video here). After a brief exchange, Leibrock connected with a big right hand and as Shafir tried in desperation for a leg lock, Leibrock wailed away with a series of right hands until referee Steve Mazzagatti stepped in to halt the bout.
Jamie Moyle defeated Amy Montenegro by split decision in the lone strawweight fight of the Invicta FC 13 card. And in a bantamweight affair, Pannie Kianzad remained undefeated with a unanimous decision victory over Jessica-Rose Clark.
For complete Invicta FC 13 results and play-by-play click here.