The most highly anticipated cat fight in MMA history turned out to be a landslide as Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos destroyed Gina Carano en route to becoming the first-ever Strikeforce 145-pound women’s champ. Unfortunately, Carano left the cage on Saturday night with her supermodel face battered and bruised.
“Since the beginning, I knew this fight would be hard,” Santos stated via a translator. “That’s why I trained so hard for this fight. The key for tonight was five years of training.”
Cyborg was a 2-to-1 favorite to win the 5Round affair, and it certainly looked like it. As expected, she was far more aggressive and powerful, landing pretty much anything and everything she wanted. In fact, the only time Carano found herself in an advantageous position was when Cyborg tried two body throws which landed the Maxim model in a full mount both times.
While on the ground, Cyborg was able to use her superior strength to fend Carano off, almost catching her in a nasty heel hook submission just moments into the scrap.
Carano managed to wiggle free and got the fight back up, which turned out to be the lesser of two evils as Cyborg immediately dragged the over-matched Carano back to the ground, syncing in a tight Americana sub attempt.
The sexy slugger wound up escaping again, albeit momentarily as Cyborg started raining down bombs, tagging MMA’s most flawless face time and again.
Although there was no doubt who the better woman was tonight, the bout did end in some controversy as referee Jake Rosenthal called a stop to the fight just one second before the end of the 1stRound.
Carano’s corner, including UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, protested, if not wishfully thought, that the fight should be extended another five minutes as the stoppage was after the bell. However, on replay the stoppage did appear to slide in just before the horn sounded.
If anything, Rosenthal did Carano and all of her fans a favor by not allowing Cyborg to land more devastating hay-makers to her moneymaker, ahem face.
“I want to thank all the fans,” Santos humbly said as Strikeforce brass wrapped her waist with championship gold. “I train a lot, and everything I do is for the fans.”
If you didn’t believe it before, you better now because Cyborg is from another planet. It’s highly unlikely that a different pair of women will headline a major MMA show again for a long while, if not forever, unless Carano is able to bounces back strong enough to warrant a mulligan.
However, I’m not so sure Carano really wants one right now. Who can blame her?