The Brazilian had been on the shelf after a lengthy contract negotiation with Strikeforce, but even after signing the new deal there was still the matter of finding her an opponent.
In stepped Japanese fighter Hiroko Yamanaka, who on paper had the credentials to step into the cage with Cyborg, but unfortunately her walkout lasted longer than her actual fight.
Cyborg came out charging like a bull, blasting Yamanaka with a big right hook that dropped her to the mat. The Chute Boxe fighter followed up and looked to finish, but Yamanaka survived the initial onslaught.
In only mattered for a few more seconds however because once they got back on their feet, Cyborg against moved forward with a flurry of punches. A left straight rattled Yamanaka, and another right hand put her down.
That was all the referee needed to see as he stepped in to stop the carnage.
The win now moves Cyborg to a perfect 5-0 in Strikeforce as she puts a strangle hold on the top of the women’s division.
“This is amazing, I love fighting, I love training, I want to fight more. Thanks to Strikeforce for the opportunity, this is a Christmas present for you guys,” Cyborg said after the fight.
With that dominance also comes the problem. Cyborg has literally destroyed every single opponent that’s stepped into the cage with her at 145lbs. The only challenger still standing in that weight class is former Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey.
Rousey is a perfect 4-0 as a professional, but still seems light years away from being ready to challenge someone the likes of Cris Cyborg. The champion however is ready for the challenge if that’s what happens.
“I think she speaks too much,” Cyborg said about Rousey. “I’ll be ready, anywhere.”
The Strikeforce featherweight champion has also hinted at a possible move to 135lbs, where the talent in the women’s division gets much thicker. She seems open to the possibility, but it’s unclear right now if she’ll make that move or not.
“I like 145,” said Cyborg. “But 135, it’s possible I’d go.”