Five pounds didn’t make much of a difference in Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s finishing power.
The current Invicta and former Strikeforce featherweight champion came down to 140 pounds to make her UFC debut in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, and meet Leslie Smith.
Justino wasted little time putting on a show for the estimated crowd of 45,000, using her patented flurry of vicious striking to finish Smith in just 1:21 Saturday night at UFC 198.
“Thanks to the UFC,” said Justino (16-1, 1 NC). “This was a dream come true to fight in my hometown.”
A big right hand to the jaw was what dropped Smith (8-7-1), a bantamweight who has fought as low as flyweight, who rolled over onto her hands and knees while Cyborg swarmed her. After the stoppage, which was the 14th of Justino’s career, Smith vigorously protested, and while it may have been premature, it sure seemed like the finish was inevitable.
After the bout, Justino said she’s open to defending her Invicta bout or staying in the UFC.
“I’m the Invicta champion and I can defend my belt but I’d also like to fight in the UFC,” Justino said.
Source:: mma fighting