Recognized as one of the top female fighters on the planet for her exploits in mixed martial arts, Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino on Friday night stepped into the Lion Fight ring to put her pure Muay Thai skills on display.
Fighting at the Freemont Street Experience in Las Vegas at Lion Fight 11, Cyborg stepped into the ring with a single professional Muay Thai fight on her record. She squared up against French champion Jennifer Colomb, who entered the fight 10-0 with all 10 victories coming by way of knockout.
The fight was utter domination by Cyborg.
As she often does in MMA, Cyborg stormed her opponent with aggression, letting Colomb immediately feel the power in her punches and the relentlessness of her attacks.
Cyborg only increased her pace as the fight wore on, mixing in a wide variety of punches, kicks, knees, and elbows. As Cyborg began landing kicks high and low in the second round, Colomb had no answer. She looked confused and hesitant.
Cyborg took full advantage, adding insult to injury with an ever-wider array of attacks, landing a spinning hook kick and then driving Colomb into the corner with a front push kick before mauling her with punch combinations.
The end couldn’t have come soon enough for Colomb. And it did come, mercifully, at the 54-second mark of the third round, when Cyborg folded her over with a crushing right hand to Colomb’s ribs. The referee immediately stepped in and waved off the fight.
It was an impressive performance and could lead to future Muay Thai exploits for the Invicta champ.
“Hey why not? I train every day,” said Cyborg when asked if she would fight Muay Thai again. “If it’s for a belt for sure I come back.”
Her next fight, however, will be in a cage.
“I think November; I fight MMA for Invicta,” Cyborg said about her next fight.
She will be fighting for Invicta in her next bout, but Invicta is targeting a Dec. 7 date for it’s next event, not November.
Cyborg is now 2-0 in Muay Thai and 12-1 with 1 no contest in MMA.
The Lion Fight 11 main event featured Brazilian superstar Cosmo Alexandre vs. two-time WMC Champion and Rajadamnern Stadium Champion Nampon.
Despite taking the past couple years to focus on MMA, Alexandre quickly found his way back into the Muay Thai flow. He consistently overpowered Nampon throughout the fight, frequently tripping and tossing him to the canvas, and staying much busier.
Alexandre won a unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 50-45 in the Brazilian’s favor.
Tetsuya Yamato won and epic battle with Kevin Ross. The two battled back and forth for the duration of their five-round co-main event fight with Yamato winning a split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47).
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