A few months ago, the UFC held a bout in Brooklyn, NY, that was meant to crown the inaugural female featherweight champ. One was crowned – Germaine de Randamie – but everyone knew Cris Cyborg deserved to be in there. Unfortunately, GDR wanted none of the Brazilian, so she was stripped of the belt, and now Cyborg gets her shot. Standing opposite her will be Invicta FC champ Tonya Evinger. Who ya got?
Round 1 begins with Evinger looking to kick her opponent’s lead leg and tie her up whenever she gets close, and that plan is effective for a bit, with Evinger even managing to pull the Brazilian to the ground a couple times. But Cyborg is up quickly, and her jabs and crosses are relentless and unerring, and soon Evinger is just trying to survive. She does to the horn, showing all kinds of heart.
Whatever pep she had that enabled her to threaten with takedowns has faded by the time the second round is underway, so Evinger is stuck trying to peck at her foe with occasional jabs and crosses while Cyborg rips out pieces of her soul with her own punches. Adding to Evinger’s troubles is Cyborg’s high-kick, which the Brazilian can throw with accuracy from one step away. By round’s end, it’s one-way traffic, and Evinger is struggling.
Cyborg keeps coming in the third, and in no time it’s clear all the resilience in the world isn’t going to keep Evinger alive. Boxing combos, followed by some killer knees to the dome, and Evinger finally goes down against the cage and the ref jumps in.
Cris Cyborg is your new female featherweight champ.
Results: Cris Cyborg def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (Knees) at 1:56, R3