In a not so surprising outcome, Cris “Cyborg” Justino made easy work of little known Lina Lansberg in stopping her in the 2nd round in their catch-weight fight at 140lbs last Saturday night at UFC Fight Night in Brasilia, Brazil. This is what you get when you put a novice in the octagon with a highly skilled wrecking machine like the 31-year-old Cyborg.
It wasn’t even a fight. The match was over at 2:29 of the 2nd round after Justino took Lansberg out with elbows and answered punches after getting her down. The referee Mario Yamasaki had no choice but to halt the contest at that point in stepping in to save the 34-year-old Lansberg before she could really get hurt. For Cyborg, it was her 12th straight knockout and 15th KO of her 11-year career. It was only Justino’s second fight since joining UFC last May at UFC 198. This fight took a little longer than Cyborg’s previous fight in Ultimate Fighting Championship against Leslie Smith. That match lasted just one round.
The MMA fans loved what they saw of Cyborg. I’m sure they would like to see her fight every Saturday if it were possible. The results of this fight suggests that Cyborg needs to start fighting better opposition, because she’s too good to be put in with unskilled novices. She needs a quality opponent like Ronda Rousey. If they could make that fight happen, it would be great for the sport.
“I knew she had good Muay Thai and wanted to keep the fight standing,” Justino said. “So I took her down and showed my ground work.”
There really wasn’t much you could say about Lansberg (6-2) other than the fact that she at least didn’t get stopped in the 1st round.
The size difference between the two women was evident right away. Justino looked like she had put on a great deal of weight after the weigh-in. It wouldn’t be surprising if she was weighing in the 170s last night. There was nothing that Lansberg could do against someone the size of Cyborg.
“I thought I would do a little better,” Lansberg said. “I’ve been following [Justino] for years. Thank you so much, Cris.”