If there was ever any doubt if the fearless women’s Featherweight champion still had the knockout power this late in her career, she put it all to rest tonight (Sat., Oct. 7, 2023) in San Diego, Calif., dismantling Cat Zingano in the first round in Bellator 300’s co-main event.
Zingano made it clear that she would aim to take the fight to the ground to utilize her wrestling advantage, but Cyborg showed great takedown defense, stuffing several of the challenger’s shots. In the process, she tagged the former UFC title contender with big strikes to put her on notice.
Late in round one, Zingano once again attempted a takedown, which was defended well by Cyborg, who was able to use her foe’s momentum to land on top. From there, she went to her brutal ground-and-pound to rain down punishment.
Eventually, the referee had seen enough, awarding Cyborg another first round knockout win.
Afterward, Cyborg tried to squash the longstanding beef with the challenger, but she was having none of it. Cyborg eventually went on her way, delivered her post-fight victory speech and called out Leah McCourt, who was brought into the cage for a staredown.
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