The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 3, 2023, for UFC on ESPN 46, going down live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
Headlining the event is a highly anticipated flyweight encounter between no. 3 ranked Kai Kara-France (24-10, 1 NC) and no. 7 ranked Amir Albazi (16-1).
Co-headlining the event is a featherweight bout between Alex Caceres (20-13, 1 NC) and Daniel Pineda (28-14, 3 NC).
Our second bout on the main card tonight came in the women’s flyweight division between a pair of Brazilian finishers in Karine Silva (16-4) and Ketlen Souza (13-4).
Silva came into tonight’s bout on a six-fight win streak, and all 15 of her professional victories prior came via stoppage (9 knockout, 6 submission).
Souza on the other hand came in on a five-fight win streak as the Invicta FC flyweight champion, with nine of her professional wins coming via stoppage (8 knockout, 1 submission).
Continue reading to see how this flyweight encounter went down:
Official Result: Karine Silva def. Ketlen Souza via submission (ankle lock) at 1:45 of round one
Silva secures an early takedown less than ten seconds into the fight and begins to dominate the contest from top position. She sits back for a leg lock about 90 seconds in, and Souza is forced to tap not long following.
Karine Silva improves to 2-0 inside the octagon at UFC on ESPN 46, keeping her 100% finish rate intact.
🔥 WOW! Karine Silva dominates the octagon at #UFCVegas74, notching her 16th career win with an impressive kneebar submission! 💥 All 16 wins, ALL finishes! 😱💪 Keep an eye on this rising star, she’s the future of the flyweight division! 🌟 #WMMA #UFC pic.twitter.com/kEMjE01GS1
— Women’s MMA Rankings (@WMMARankings) June 4, 2023
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