Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino cruised to another easy knockout win on Saturday, extending an unbeaten streak that goes back 10 years.
Justino (15-1) defended her 145-pound title for the third time at Invicta 15 in Costa Mesa, California, knocking out Daria Ibragimova with two seconds remaining in the first round. Referee John McCarthy stepped in at the 4:58 mark, after Justino dropped her opponent with a hard right hand.
The result was hardly shocking. A former Strikeforce champion, Justino entered the contest a whopping 30-to-1 betting favorite.
Justino is the queen of the 145-pound division but is having a hard time securing competitive opponents. She fought twice for Invicta in 2015, earning sub-minute knockouts in February and July.
Because of the lack of depth at 145, Justino had spoken of an attempt to cut to 135 pounds to fight former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, but Rousey's loss to Holly Holm in November clouded those plans. Justino has since said she will not try to make 135.
"I want to keep in my division," Justino said. "If there is a superfight (at 140 pounds) for me, I would make the superfight. I'm not scared of anybody, but I'm a big girl, and it's hard for me to make 135."
Ibragimova (9-2) appeared confident at the start of the fight, charging on Justino with a right hand and then looking for a single-leg takedown.
Justino, 30, backed up to the fence to maintain her balance and began popping Ibragimova with short punches to the head and body. She hit Ibragimova with standing elbows and then hard knees to the body after sprawling on a shot from Ibragimova. Fighting out of Russia, Ibragimova had a badly swollen right eye moments into the contest.
"I train so hard," Justino said. "She tried to take me down. I like stand-up. I can't always show my whole game. I have (a ground game), too, but I like more of the stand-up. I think it's more exciting."
The championship fight, which took place at The Hangar at OC Fair, aired on the UFC's digital service, UFC Fight Pass. Justino is signed to a contract that allows her to fight in the UFC, but she has yet to make her debut in the Octagon. The UFC does not currently promote a 145-pound weight class.
Holm (10-0), the current bantamweight champion who knocked out Rousey at UFC 193 in November, has stated she would consider moving up in weight to fight Justino at 140 pounds. Holm is scheduled to defend her title against Miesha Tate (17-5) at UFC 197 on March 5 in Las Vegas.