Amanda Lemos, UFC Vegas 64

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Amanda Lemos standing TKO’s Marina Rodriguez in UFC Vegas 64 main event

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, November 5, 2022, for UFC Vegas 64, headlined by a pair of women’s strawweight contenders in no. 3 ranked Marina Rodriguez (16-1-2) and no. 7 ranked Amanda Lemos (12-2-1).

Co-headlining the event was a welterweight contest between Neil Magny (26-9) and Daniel Rodriguez (17-2).

Reverting back to our main event; Rodriguez came into tonight’s main event on a four-fight win streak, and she’d only ever lost to current two-time UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza via split decision. Lemos on the other hand is one of the most dangerous female fighters on the planet, coming into the bout having gone 6-1 in her last seven with four finishes, her defeat in that time coming to former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.

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Continue reading to see how this featherweight encounter went down:

Official Result: Amanda Lemos def. Marina Rodriguez via TKO (punches) at :54 seconds of round three

Round one is very much a feeling-out process, neither woman giving up much offense. Some leg kicks are landing, but the initial four-plus minutes go on without much action. Rodriguez is however able to end up on top at the end of the round after securing a takedown.

Lemos has a good second round, as she’s able to secure a takedown of the own, proceeding to take the back not long after. She nearly sinks in a rear naked choke, as well as a neck crank, but Rodriguez is able to stay in there and makes it to the third round.

It’s seemingly 19-19 after two.

Lemos lands a hard combo to begin the third and stuns Rodriguez, stumbling her backwards. She’s hurt badly, and Lemos unloads on her to secure the standing TKO finish.

Some might say the stoppage was early, but Rodriguez was out of it. She was only going to take more heavy punches.

Amanda Lemos is now 13-2-1 (8 knockouts) as a professional, 7-1 in her last eight, and just finished someone who’d never definitively been defeated before. That was impressive.

It was a real night of finishes tonight; all five main card bouts ended via finish, and four of the six prelims also ended in finishes. What an event!

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Brady Ordway
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