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UFC 198: Cris Cyborg wins UFC debut with 80-second win over Leslie Smith

Cris Cyborg Justino of Brazil weighs in during

Cris Cyborg Justino of Brazil weighs in during the UFC 198 weigh-in at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 13, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil. Credit: Getty Images/ Buda Mendes

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian Cris “Cyborg” Justino needed one minute and 20 seconds to knock out Leslie Smith of the United States in a women’s bout at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Southern Brazil on Saturday.

The Brazilian veteran now has a 16-fight winning streak since her debut in 2005, stopping ten consecutive opponents and winning titles in the Strikeforce and Invicta promotions.

Fans have long clamored for Justino to face former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but Justino was concerned about making the weight. Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm derailed the discussion.

Justino served a one-year suspension in 2012 for testing positive for steroids.

The event was held in front of a sold-out crowd of about 45,000 fans at Arena da Baixada.

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