Cris Cyborg earned her 11th 1st-round KO and 20th career KO in Friday night’s title defense against Sinead Kavanagh.
She landed a mean right hook just 1:30 into the first round, then followed up with vicious hammer fists until the referee stopped the fight. She is now 4-0 inside the Bellator octagon and showing no signs of giving up her belt.
2-time PFL Champion and 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Kayla Harrison, was in attendance for the evening. Big John McCarthy asked Cyborg if a fight against Harrison is in her sights and Cyborg obliged,
“Kayla, thank you for coming to the fights… I really appreciate you here. If you want to fight me one day, it’s going to be a great fight, but Ali Abdelaziz has to talk to all the promotions to make this happen.”
The event ended with just 1 submission on the night and 4 KOs.
The sole submission came from heavyweight Steve Mowry in the very first round against Rakim Cleveland. Mowry, a Sanford MMA teammate, remains undefeated and improves to 11-0.
// MAIN CARD //
Cris Cyborg def. Sinead Kavanagh via KO
Linton Vassell def. Tyrell Fortune via Split Decision
Aaron Pico def. Justin Gonzales via Unanimous Decision
Arlene Blencowe def. Pam Sorenson via Unanimous Decision
// PRELIMS //
Steve Mowry def. Rakim Cleveland via Submission(kimura)
Bruna Ellen def. Desiree Yanez via Split Decision
Roman Faraldo def. Robert Turnquest via KO
Cody Law def. Colton Hamm via KO
Valerie Loureda def. Taylor Turner via Split Decision
Waldo Cortes-Acosta def. Muhammed DeReese via Unanimous Decision
Ethan Hughes def. Mahmoud Sebie via TKO