Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s UFC debut — a fight years in the making — lasted a mere 81 seconds. Justino (16-1) has long been considered one of, if not the best female fighters in the world. She had never fought in the Octagon until UFC 198 on Saturday, however, as the promotion does not have her 145-pound weight division.
The 30-year-old Brazilian agreed to cut to 140 pounds to make a UFC debut possible and met Leslie Smith at Arena da Baixada in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. The fight ended in a Justino TKO at the 1:21 mark of the opening round, after she knocked Smith (8-7) down with a right hand and finished her with strikes on the ground.