Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino defeated Tonya Evinger in the third round of the UFC 214 Women’s Featherweight championship on Saturday. The 145-pound female did not have it easy in the first two rounds, as Evinger gave a tough fight by moving up a weight class to compete with Justino.
In the first round, distant low kicks and spinning attacks from Justino opened up an opportunity for Evinger to dodge around and score.
In the second round, however, Justino cornered Evinger with a clean shot as Evinger tried surviving the tactics as long as she possibly could.
The third round opened up with another clean shot from Cyborg, dropping Evinger flat on her back. After giving a gutsy performance, a knockout got the best of Evinger as she surrendered to Justino’s powerful takedown.
Evinger’s resiliency through her punches showed her efforts, but she knew that defeating the former Invicta FC Featherweight champ would be a challenge harder than perceived.
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The UFC’s 145-pound division gets an identity because of Justino’s victory. The division opened earlier this year with a fight between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm. Both De Randamie and Holm have since gone back to 135 pounds.
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In other news, Ireland’s 2012 gold medal winner Katie Taylor gave a dazzling performance by beating Jasmine Clarkson in her American debut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Irish boxer left Clarkson astounded with her devastating hooks and rebounds. The Texan gave a tough fight with her defense but could not withhold Taylor’s spiteful punches by the end of the third round.
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Taylor hopes to return to America for another fight in the future, including making an appearance at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day.