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A 23-year-old American won her UFC debut when she cut her opponent so badly the doctor stopped the bout after 5 minutes

  • Miranda Maverick made her UFC debut a match to remember as she forced a doctor's stoppage after one round.
  • Maverick, who had been known for her submissions, bloodied her opponent Liana Jojua's face with a savage aggression.
  • Maverick is studying for a PhD in psychology but on Saturday at the UFC 254 event in Abu Dhabi, she took Jojua to striking school.
  • Watch Maverick land a particularly painful-looking elbow strike below.
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FIGHT ISLAND — A 23-year-old American won her UFC debut when she cut her opponent so badly the doctor stopped the bout after five minutes.

Miranda Maverick may be studying for a PhD in psychology but inside the Octagon in her first-ever appearance in the UFC on Saturday at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, she handed out a merciless schooling.

Maverick overpowered Liana Jojua with strikes, throwing a variety which included a sidekick to the gut, left hands to the face, and flurries of punches which she followed up with grunts as if she were a 1990s tennis player.

Maverick didn't have it all her own way. Jojua threw 80 strikes and landed 30 for a success rate of 37%.

The problem for her was that when she did land, Maverick would strike back straight away with something harder — like a body kick.

The most violent strike through the match was a rude elbow that smacked the bones on Jojua's face. It was a strike she liked so much she threw it again, cutting Jojua so bad it was like she was wearing a mask of blood.

After the round came to an end, the fighters returned to their corners.

Maverick's corner was in front of press row where Insider was sitting and it was not long before she was jumping around, celebrating loudly.

In the opposite corner, the doctor had been inspecting Jojua's face and deemed the cuts on her nose too horrific to allow her to continue the fight.

Maverick, a former Invicta FC athlete who had wins over Pearl Gonzalez and DeAnna Bennett, added a win in the UFC to her fledgling fighting resume.

Though she had been submitting opponents in other organizations, it had been clear on Fight Island that she had been fine-tuning her stand-up skills because her victory at UFC 254 was her first via technical knockout or knockout.

Watch one of the strikes which led to the finish here:

Maverick wants to put the women's flyweight division on blast


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Video footage from a UFC women’s flyweight match shows the devastating, fight-ending effect a big shot to the body can have

  • A photo and a video clip from the UFC's ongoing Fight Island festival in Abu Dhabi shows the devastating, fight-ending quality a big shot to the body can have.
  • Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian fought a women's flyweight match inside the behind-closed-doors Flash Forum on Saturday.
  • Andrade closed the show inside a round when she dug a huge punch into her opponent's body, forcing Chookagian to wince and retreat.
  • Watch the finish below.
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FIGHT ISLAND — Video footage from a UFC women's flyweight match shows the devastating, fight-ending effect a huge shot to the body can have.

It all went down during the co-main event between Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian. They fought behind-closed-doors Saturday at the Flash Forum on Fight Island, a quarantined area the Abu Dhabi culture and tourism board purpose-built in conjunction with the UFC.

Andrade made history by becoming the first woman in the UFC to win in three separate weight classes when she defeated Chookagian in the opening round of their 125-pound bout.

Chookagian had advantages of height and reach but Andrade ensured that mattered little by closing the distance between the fighters, engaging in clinches against the fence, and dragging her opponent to the ground.

Andrade varied her strikes. She landed shots on Chookagian's head and body in equal measure, setting up a buzzer-beating finish.

The ending arrived when Andrade landed a body punch which made Chookagian retreat and turn her back on the fight and her opponent.

After a moment of confusion as it was not clear whether the fight was over, Andrade ran at Chookagian and sought the stoppage.

Watch it here:

With the win, Andrade advanced her pro MMA record to 21 wins (eight knockouts, seven submissions, and six decisions) against eight losses.

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A Canadian fighter called Gillian Robertson messed up her opponent’s eye and said later that she was really happy she did that

  • Gillian Robertson messed up Poliana Botelho's eye during a Fight Island match Saturday.
  • Robertson is only 25 years old and told reporters at a UFC media day in Abu Dhabi this week that she was happy to break a Ronda Rousey record and is now targeting a men's one, too.
  • Though Robertson defeated Botelho with ease at the Flash Forum, she said after that she was annoyed she couldn't get the finish — likely because it would have put her one submission closer to Charles Oliveira who has the men's record of 14 submission wins in the UFC.
  • One thing Robertson was pleased with was the damage she saw she had done to Botelho's eye. "I was happy that I did that."
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FIGHT ISLAND — Gillian Robertson messed up her opponent's eye during a UFC bout on Saturday and said later that she was really happy she did it.

Robertson, 25, is one of the most impressive mat-based fighters in the UFC and has already broken a Ronda Rousey record.

The Canadian fought a women's flyweight match with Poliana Botelho, who didn't allow her to extend her haul of four UFC submission wins to date.

Robertson said after the win that she was frustrated not to get the finish, but with 10 minutes and 53 seconds of ground control in a 15-minute fight, it is clear she was still dominant at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi.

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A 29-year-old floored his UFC opponent with a jab, then hit his skull with hammer fists until the referee waved the bout off for good

  • Tom Breese showed extraordinary striking efficiency when he floored KB Bhullar with a jab on Saturday.
  • The Brit, dubbed a "dangerous prospect" by the UFC, then forced a first round finish as he followed the knockdown with unrelenting hammer fists.
  • The middleweight match was the final preliminary bout on the "UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen" card on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
  • Watch the stoppage below.
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A 29-year-old called Tom Breese floored his UFC opponent KB Bhullar with a jab, then hit his skull with hammer fists until the referee waved the bout off for good.

It was a much-needed win for the British athlete as Breese rebounded from a first-round knockout loss to Brendan Allen during the UFC's previous Fight Island residency in July, to score an opening round finish of his own on Saturday at UFC Fight Island 5.

At the behind-closed-doors Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Breese showed that he remains a "dangerous prospect" in the middleweight division according to the UFC.

Traditionally, a jab is a distance-measuring weapon which precedes more powerful blows like an overhand or hook with the non-jabbing fist.

It is rare in the combative sports, boxing included, to knock an opponent down with a jab.

For Breese to do so, after only 100 seconds of fighting action, is indicative of a striking accuracy, efficiency, and power not often seen in mixed martial arts.

Rather than marvel at his handiwork, he pounced on KB Bhullar and just wailed fists onto his downed opponent until the referee awarded the win.

Watch the win right here:

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