But the bout was over nearly as soon as it started Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., as a result of a freak TKO off a head kick. Anderson got the nod at 1:01 of the opening round.
Anderson, the former Invicta FC champion, threw a head kick, and her toe landed square on Zingano’s right eye. This is not the same as an eye poke, in which there would be a time-out called.
Referee Marc Goddard let the bout continue as Zingano turned her back to Anderson along the fence. Anderson then landed a couple punches before Goddard stepped in and waved the bout off.
“I was just doing my job,” Anderson said. “She looked away and didn’t answer what he was saying and he finally stopped it.”
Anderson (9-3), who has now won five of her past six fights, said she knew what to expect from Zingano going in.
“She’s a tough opponent, she’s durable, she’s tenacious,” Anderson said. “We knew coming in she was going to be aggressive.”
Zingano, who came up from bantamweight for the fight, dropped to 10-4, with all four losses coming over her past five fights.