The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas, Nevada tonight, July 31, 2021, as UFC Vegas 33 goes underway live on ESPN & ESPN+.
Headlining the card is a match up of ranked middleweights, as Uriah Hall takes on Sean Strickland in the five-round main event of the evening. Both men come into this bout on four-fight win streaks, the first four-fight win streaks of their promotional careers, and both look to make it five-straight inside the octagon for the first time.
Co-headlining the event was scheduled to be a bantamweight bout between Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang, but it was cancelled due to Yahya testing positive for Covid-19.
There were a few cancelled bouts tonight, such as the co-main event between Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang, as well as Roman Kopylov versus Sam Alvey, Shamil Abdurakhimov versus Chris Daukaus, former title challenger Alex Perez versus potential future champion Askar Askarov, Nicco Montano missing weight by seven pounds, cancelling her bout with Wu Yanan, and a number of others.
Instead, Cheyanne Buys battled Gloria de Paula in the co-main event, both women of which were in search of their first octagon victories.
Continue reading to see how this women’s strawweight bout went down:
Official Result: Cheyanne Buys def. Gloria de Paula via TKO (head kick & punches) at 1:00 of round one
Buys secures a takedown early in round one and attempts to pass Paula’s guard.
This pass attempt allowed Paula to get up, where she immediately ate a vicious head kick on the way up.
Buys tries to walk off, but the referee didn’t stop the action. She then charges Paula and is able to secure mount, where she pounds away with elbows and punches until the referee was forced to stop the action.
After losing her UFC debut, to coming out and having a performance like this, it’s quite remarkable.
Click here to see how the rest of the fights went down tonight.
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