Canadian flyweight Gillian (The Savage) Robertson used her superior grappling expertise to dominate Brazil’s Poliano Botelho en path to a unanimous determination win Saturday evening on a UFC Fight Night card.
Robertson, a local of Niagara Falls, Ont., who fights out of Coconut Creek, Fla., took Botelho down 3 times, punishing her with 73 floor strikes while spending 9 minutes 34 seconds controlling the combat on the bottom.
The judges scored it 29-28, 29-27, 29-27 for Robertson (9-4-0).
“The plan was also to finish her, so I’m not happy,” mentioned Robertson, who known as out No. 13 Antonina (Pantera) Shevchenko after the combat.
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“I’m trying to get that 100 per cent finish rate and I ruined it tonight so I’m not happy,” she added.
Ranked fifteenth among the many UFC’s 125-pound contenders, Robertson had completed her opponent in her earlier 5 UFC victories, tying a promotion report. Her sixth flyweight victory is a UFC report.
She already holds the UFC ladies’s report for many submission wins at 4. Robertson additionally boasted the best management time proportion in UFC flyweight historical past (65.2 per cent) and ranked second in takedown accuracy (52.4 per cent).
Robertson, who appeared on Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” improved her report to 6-2-0 within the UFC and has now gained 4 of her final 5 bouts.
She acquired her black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from coach Din Thomas in her first time out of quarantine at Abu Dhabi.
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Brian (T-City) Ortega, ranked No. 2 amongst featherweight contenders, confronted No. 4 Chan Sung Jung, often known as the Korean Zombie, in the primary occasion on the Flash Forum on Yas Island.
It marked Ortega’s first combat since a bruising December 2018 loss to then champion Max (Blessed) Holloway at UFC 231 in Toronto. Ortega absorbed 290 vital strikes earlier than the bout was halted by the physician after 4 rounds.
Botelho fought off an early Robertson takedown try because the combat began. The Brazilian then lashed Robertson with a leg kick and confirmed good stability in resisting a single-leg takedown try.
Robertson lastly pressured Botelho right down to the bottom within the remaining minute, absorbing a knee within the course of. The spherical ended with the Canadian on top.
Botelho landed one other kick early within the second spherical however was taken down making an attempt one other after Robertson misplaced her mouthguard. Robertson moved in to facet management and then mount, firing elbow strikes from above because the spherical ended.
Botelho got here out for the ultimate spherical with bruising below her proper eye. Robertson took her down once more lower than a minute into the spherical. Regaining mount place, the Canadian fed Botelho a gentle eating regimen of elbows while on the lookout for a submission because the combat wound down.
The 25-year-old Robertson was coming off a June third-round submission win over American Cortney (Cast Iron) Casey in Las Vegas.
Botelho (8-3-0) had gained three of her 4 earlier UFC outings. At 5 foot eight, the 31-year-old Brazilian held a three-inch benefit in peak and 4 inches in attain.