Cris “Cyborg” Santos needed less than one round to become the first-ever Strikeforce 145-pound women’s champion, knocking out Gina Carano in the opening round of Saturday’s Strikeforce headliner at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
After an exciting start to the main event that saw Cyborg pick Carano apart with powerful punches, Santos used a late flurry of ground and pound to force the referee to step in and stop the bout just one second remaining before the end of the opening frame.
With the victory, Cyborg improves to 8-1 with eight-straight wins dating back to 2005, while Carano falls to 7-1 after suffering he first career loss.
In other main card bouts, Gegard Mousasi became the new Strikeforce light heavyweight champion with a 60-second knockout of Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Gilbert Melendez retained the promotion’s interim lightweight title with a third-round TKO of Mitsuhiro Ishida, and heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum submitted Mike Kyle in the opening round to kick off the Showtime broadcast.
Jay Hieron, Scott Lighty, Justin Wilcox, James Terry, and Alex Trevino were all victorious on the event’s preliminary card.
The official results for Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg were:
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Gina Carano via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 4:59
- Gegard Mousasi def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (c) via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 1:00
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
- Gilbert Melendez (c) def. Mitsuhiro Ishida via TKO (strikes) — Round 3, 3:56
Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Championship
- Fabricio Werdum def. Mike Kyle via submission (guillotine choke) — Round 1, 1:24
- Jay Hieron def. Jesse Taylor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Scott Lighty def. Mike Cook via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 2:05
- Justin Wilcox def. David Douglas via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 3, 3:16
- James Terry def. Zak Bucia via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 1:23
- Alex Trevino def. Isiah Hill via submission (key lock) — Round 1, 3:56
Pictured: Cris “Cyborg” Santos