Cris Cyborg dominates, TKOs Cat Zingano in first round to retain title

SAN DIEGO – Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg made it look easy.

Cyborg (27-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) defended her title in dominant fashion Saturday night at Bellator 300 where she beat Cat Zingano (14-5 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) by first-round TKO, sending the Pechanga Arena crowd into a frenzy.

It was clear from the onset that Cyborg’s speed, strength and power were a problem for Zingano, who absorbed several significant strikes for much of the round. Then as the final minute approached, Zingano tried to close distance, but Cyborg leg-kicked her, which sent Zingano to the mat where Cyborg followed with ground-and-pound that rendered the challenger defenseless.

You can watch the finish in the video below:

The victory marked Cyborg’s fifth consecutive title defense. Afterward, Leah McCourt, who was victorious earlier in the night with a TKO of Sara McMann, was brought into the cage for a faceoff.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 300 results include:

  • Cris Cyborg def. Cat Zingano via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:01 – to defend women’s featherweight title

  • Liz Carmouche def. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane via TKO (leg kick) – Round 5, 0:17 – to defend flyweight title

  • Bobby Seronio III def. Alberto Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Leah McCourt def. Sara McMann via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:30

  • Sergio Cossio def. Jesse Roberts via submission (triangle choke) –Round 3, 4:05

  • Kai Kamaka def. Henry Corrales via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

  • Slim Trabelsi def. Davion Franklin via technical submission – Round 1, 3:09

  • Doveltdzhan Yagshimuradov def. Maciej Rozanski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Mukhamed Berkhamov def. Herman Terrado via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Grant Neal def. Romero Cotton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

  • Jena Bishop vs. Ilara Joanne submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:45

  • Josh Hokit def. Spencer Smith via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:12

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for Bellator 300.

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