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  • Weekend Rundown: ‘Alpha’ Cat Asserts Dominance, Slams Hashi Cold By: Chris Nelson Illustration

    Unbeaten female prospect “Alpha” Cat Zingano maintained her spotless record in vicious fashion Saturday, slamming Takayo Hashi unconscious deep into their 125-pound title match at Fight to Win “Outlaws” in Denver’s National Western Complex.

    Zingano, already owner of the Fight to Win 130-pound belt, took control of the fight late in the first period and never relented. The 28-year-old Coloradan bullied Hashi in the clinch for the bulk of the bout, punishing the Japanese journeywoman with knees, elbows and uppercuts against the cage. After nearly finishing with an inverted triangle choke in the third frame, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu titlist put on the most devastating display of her young MMA career.

    When the visiting fighter attempted to jump guard with 20 seconds remaining, Zingano -- in a move reminiscent of Sarah Kaufman’s July 2010 slam of Roxanne Modafferi -- hoisted Hashi into the air and drove her head into the canvas. Hashi was out cold for the first time in her 17-fight career at 4:42 of the third round, three seconds shy of the Kaufman-Modafferi knockout.

    The win upped Zingano’s record to 6-0 with five finishes, while Hashi fell to 13-4 with her third consecutive defeat.

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