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The women’s strawweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 125 event at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. It aired on FS2 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.
The two engaged quickly on the feet to start before Viana scored a slick toss to the floor. Stevenson alertly rolled through the takedown and looked to escape, but Viana stayed tight and quickly worked her way into an armbar attempt. As Stevenson tried to work herself free, blood began to flow from a cut near her left eye. Viana adjusted again and extended the arm, but Stevenson was able to angle her limb and pull free from the attempt, scrambling back to the feet.
Viana was unrelenting, quickly working the action back to the floor, where she methodically maintained positional control and worked first to mount and then the back, where she tucked the left arm under the chin, locked up a Gable grip and forced the tap to the rear-naked choke.
“I trained a lot to finish this fight – not exactly as it was, but in a similar way,” Viana said after the win. “I did this every day throughout my camp. I cannot even describe the emotion I’m feeling right now. The fight was quick, but I’m still shaken by the excitement, I think.
“I know I have just arrived in the UFC, but I can promise that I will evolve much more. I will fight whoever they put in front of me. My focus is the belt, and it will be mine.”
Viana now owns a six-fight winning streak, while “The Ultimate Fighter 26” cast member Stevenson sees an official five-fight winning streak snapped.
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