Kaytlin Neil knew her Invicta FC 49 opponent very well ahead of their fight at the end September.
Prior to having the fight, both Neil and her opponent Hannah Guy spent a lot of time together as part of the UFC’s hit show The Ultimate Fighter.
The two first met right before filming for the show had begun and immediately hit it off. In fact, Neil was hoping that her and Guy would be roommates and training partners throughout the show.
Ultimately that didn’t happen as Guy wasn’t originally picked for the show, but she was eventually brought back right before the show started. As soon as the show became its filming, Guy was selected for Julianna Peña’s team while Neil was chosen for Amanda Nunes’ team.
While they were on opposing teams during the filming of the show, the two remained friends. They also sat with each other at back-to-back UFC events when they watched their coaches square off in the main event of UFC 277 and then watched the finals of the The Ultimate Fighter Season 30 the following week.
As Neil and Guy sat there with each other having a good time, they joked that they should play a prank on everyone and start a social media argument to make people think they were going to fight each other.
Turns out that they never did the prank, but the fight actually became a reality as they were offered a fight against each other at Invicta FC 49.
The two put their friendship aside for the night as they both went into the fight with the goal of getting their hands raised, but it was Neil who would not only get the win, but she did so in dominant fashion.
From the second the referee said go, Neil was in full control of the fight. Her range and length gave Guy fits throughout the course of the 15 minutes and on a few occasions, Neil nearly had a stoppage.
Now that the fight is over, the friendship is back on and Neil is looking for what’s next. Her hand is currently in a soft cast awaiting farther tests, but she’s hoping that its nothing too serious and that the UFC might call her.
If the UFC doesn’t make a call to her, she’s opening to anything including a rumor that she heard that the PFL may do a women’s flyweight tournament.
Following her win, Neil spoke with MyMMANews to discuss her Invicta FC 49 win, her recent winning streak and her company Bad Athletics, which is a women’s supplement company.
You can watch her full interview in the video above.
A full list of results from Invicta FC 49 are listed below:
Atomweight Title: Jillian DeCoursey defeated Jéssica Delboni via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:49
Flyweight: Ketlen Souza defeated Maiju Suotama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Strawweight: Valesca Machado defeated Liz Tracy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Kaytlin Neil defeated Hannah Guy via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Poliana Botelho defeated Helen Peralta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Montserrat Rendon defeated Brittney Cloudy via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Strawweight: Shauna Bannon defeated Nadia Vera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)