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INVICTA 11: Cyborg rolls on, but Grasso & Mizuki Steal the Show

INVICTA 11: Cyborg rolls on, but Grasso & Mizuki Steal the Show

Invicta FC 11 is in the books, and it’s another dominant victory for their featherweight champion, Cris “Cyborg” Justino.

The Brazilian, who is unquestionably the promotion’s biggest star, needed less than a minute to dispatch her challenger last night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Cyborg simply overwhelmed challenger Charmaine Tweet — landing punching combinations to begin, then dropping the Canadian to the mat with a right hand. She quickly followed up on the mat with hammer-fists, then followed Tweet back up for more punches to the head and body. Referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the onslaught at 0:46 of round one.

In her post-fight interview, Cyborg declined to say she would next go down to bantamweight, where many hope for a showdown with UFC champion Ronda Rousey. But, she said she would work towards the goal with her team.

It was a memorable performance, but the co-main event of Alexa Grasso vs Mizuki Inoue, who are just 21 and 20 years of age respectively, may have stole the show.

Grasso won a deserved unanimous decision in the three round strawweight affair, but most observers would have preferred to see another two rounds.

Grasso, of Mexico, scored punching combinations and flashy kicks to earn the early advantage; and also nearly earned a finish with an inverted triangle in the second. But Japan’s Mizuki, who prefers to only use her forename in her fighting career, came back, showing off an improved grappling attack — hitting takedowns and maintaining dominant position in the third stanza, where she landed strikes and threatened with submissions.

Grasso would humbly call Mizuki “one of the best in the world” in a brief post-fight interview, calling the victory “amazing for me.”

Full main card results:

Cris Cyborg defeated Charmaine Tweet by TKO (punches) at 0:46 of round one.
Alexa Grasso defeated Mizuki Inoue by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28).
DeAnna Bennett defeated Norma Rueda by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Irene Aldana defeated Colleen Schneider by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:05 of round one.

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