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Cris 'Cyborg' Justino decisions Holly Holm at UFC 219

LAS VEGAS – Holly Holm gave Cris “Cyborg” Justino the longest fight of her career. She just didn’t have enough to knock off yet another MMA star.

Justino used power strikes and kicks to beat Holm by unanimous decision and defend her featherweight belt at UFC 219 on Saturday night.

Judges scored it 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47, extending Justino’s unbeaten streak to 19 with a victory over a former bantamweight champion with a knack for big upsets. It was the first time that Justino was taken five rounds in her career.

This was Justino’s first defense of the featherweight belt since earning it by beating Tonya Evinger at UFC 214.

“I’m ready for anyone they put in front of me,” Justino said.

The fighters exchanged early punches, standing toe-to-toe for much of the first round. Justino (19-1) was able to land some bigger strikes, including a solid right hook that was the best punch of the opening round.

Associated Press
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