MMA fan favorite Amanda Ribas appeared to be knocked out twice in upset loss to Marina Rodriguez
• Marina Rodriguez stunned Amanda Ribas at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island on Saturday.
• Ribas, an MMA fan favorite, appeared to be knocked out twice in the UFC strawweight match.
• With an almighty right, Rodriguez sent Ribas to the canvas in the second round.
• Some referees may have intervened, but the bout was allowed to continue when Ribas was back to her feet.
• But moments later, Rodriguez beat Ribas into a daze once again.
• Watch it right here.
FIGHT ISLAND — MMA fan favorite Amanda Ribas appeared to be knocked out twice in an upset loss Saturday to Marina Rodriguez.
Ribas fought in the UFC for the first time in 2019 and embarked on a four-fight win streak in the lead mixed martial arts firm — a run that included a decision against Mackenzie Dern and an armbar submission over Paige VanZant.
The Brazilian fighter took great momentum and hype into her UFC 257 strawweight match against Rodriguez at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island, and though she performed well in the opening round, she was undone in the second.
Ribas landed 34 of 52 strike attempts in the first round (33% accuracy) but was only able to hit Rodriguez once after the break as she surrendered her authority in the fight.
Rodriguez threw a multitude of fists, a knee, and an almighty right that sent Ribas to the canvas in an awkward fashion.
That initial knockdown may have prompted some referees to wave the fight off, and even Herb Dean — this bout's officiator — stood over Ribas as if to separate Rodriguez from the fallen fighter.
However, the bout, bizarrely, continued and Rodriguez attacked with aplomb, knocking Ribas into a daze on her feet.
Finally, the end of the contest was called and Rodriguez had won.
With victory, Rodriguez advanced her pro MMA record to 13 wins (six knockouts, one submission, and six decisions) against one loss.
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