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UFC Belem Recap: Viana Victorious Via 1st Round Submission

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The second FS2 prelim on tonight’s card was a strawweight matchup between Maia Stevenson and Polyana Viana. Stevenson, the wife of former UFC lightweight title challenger Joe Stevenson, was making her UFC debut after her stint on TUF. She entered the bout holding a professional record of 6-4. Viana(9-1 coming in) was also making her Octagon debut. She came in riding a 5 fight winning streak, with every win in that span coming via first-round finish.

 

The Fight:

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Round 1:  Good exchange to kick things off and right into the clinch. Viana throws Stevenson and is on top. Stevenson gets up for a second but Viana gets her right back down. Viana looking for an arm, working hard for it. They roll and Viana ends up in perfect position for an armbar, looks briefly like she might have it but Stevenson just sneaks out at the last possible second. They’re back up and immediately clinch. Viana aggressively looking for a guillotine choke from the clinch. She’s able to use the threat of the choke to get another takedown. After some top control, Viana again begins to look for a submission. Stevenson just doesn’t have an answer for the grappling of Viana. Viana gets the mount and Stevenson tries to roll, Viana ends up on her back. She immediately sinks in the choke and that’s it! Complete domination by Viana, just an absolute statement.

Result: Polyana Viana Def. Maia Stevenson Via Submission(Rear Naked Choke) At 3:50 Of Round 1

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