Cyborg scores old-school KO win at Bellator 271

Cris Cyborg still has it. The 36-year-old Brazilian added another highlight KO scalp to her legendary resume at Bellator 271.

Cris Cyborg (25-2-0-1 MMA, 4-0 Bellator) isn’t ready for retirement yet.

The 36-year-old Brazilian needed only 92 seconds to starch Sinead Kavanaugh via first-round knockout in Friday’s Bellator 271 main event in Hollywood, FL.

Cyborg successfully defended her Bellator women’s featherweight title for the third time, cashing tickets as a -1200 to -1800 favorite. Prop bets for her to win by KO at an expensive -400 price were winners. Also, wagers on ‘under’ 1.5 rounds (-130) hit.

The prop for Cyborg to win in Round 1 was the best way to bet the fight, as it cashed for a +130 payout at FanDuel.

At the postfight presser, Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed that the promotion plans to pursue free agent Kayla Harrison, who was cageside for Cyborg’s victory. However, Coker indicated that Cyborg’s next opponent won’t necessarily be Harrison, suggesting that former UFC veteran ‘Alpha’ Cat Zingano could get the next crack at the promotion’s 145-pound queenpin.

Harrison, the 31-year-old Ohio native, is a two-time Olympic gold-medal winner in judo. She is 12-0 with five knockouts and five submissions since transitioning to MMA in 2018, but 11 of her 12 bouts have been at 155 pounds. In her lone featherweight appearance, she beat Courtney King by second-round KO at Invicta FC 43.

Zingano (12-4 MMA), who is the last woman to beat UFC double champ Amanda Nunes, is 2-0 since joining Bellator with wins over Gabby Holloway and Olivia Parker. She is 2-1 since moving up to featherweight with her lone defeat coming by first-round KO against Megan Anderson at UFC 232.

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