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Round 1: Cris Cyborg is finally fighting in her weight class, and this time for the UFC title. Let’s see if her opponent Tonya Evinger spoils the party tonight. The referee for this fight will be Mike Beltran. And they touch gloves. Left hook drops Evinger right off the bat. Good jab by Evinger. Nice combination by Cyborg. They clinch and Evinger pulls guard. Cyborg gets back to her feet and the referee signals Evinger to get up. Another hard shot lands by Cyborg. Cyborg is fighting extremely patient and composed. Nice right hand by Evinger. Evinger catches a kick and drives Cyborg to the cage. Evinger looking ofr a taekdown against the cage. Evinger gets Cyborg down to the canvas for a split second. Nice knee by Cyborg from the clinch. They break off. And Cyborg gets poked in the eye. Referee Beltran stops the bout momentarily. Cyborg seems to be okay, so the fight resumes. Two minutes left. Nice leg kick by Cyborg. nasty knee to the body by Cyborg. Man, Evinger is tough. A minute left. Cyborg is stalking down Evinger. Brutal head kick by Cyborg. Evinger is getting lit up right now. Cyborg wobbles Evinger with a right hand but the bell rings shortly after.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-8, Cyborg.
Round 2: And the second round is on. Cyborg kick things off, literally, hitting the Evinger’s leg. Cyborg with a sharp jab. Evinger doing a good job at slowing things down. Cyborg is chewing up Evinger’s leg with kicks. Evinger shoots for a takedown but fails. Not much action here, but Cyborg is in control of the action. Another inside leg kick by Cyborg. Hard left hand by Cyborg. Evinger is incredibly tough. Two minutes left. Big left hook by Cyborg. The Brazilian is just running down and picking apart Evinger slowly. They clinch against the cage. They break off and Cyborg throws a big head kick that misses. The bell rings.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Cyborg. Overall 20-17, Cyborg.
Round 3: Cyborg with a solid leg kick. And another one. Big right hand by Cyborg. Thr Brazilian drops Evinger to the canvas. Evinger looks hurt. Beltran orders Evinger to stand up, and the fight is back on the feet. Cyborg thai clinches Evinger and unloads three brutal knees. Evinger drops to the canvas and the referee waives the fight off.
Official result: Cris Cyborg def. Tonya Evinger via technical knockout (Round 3, 1:56)