In a surprising turn of events, Mayra Bueno Silva claimed a remarkable victory over Holly Holm via a second-round submission at UFC Vegas 77. The event’s main event showcased women’s bantamweights, and Silva proved herself as a force to be reckoned with in the division.
With Amanda Nunes’ retirement leaving the women’s bantamweight division wide open, both were eager to seize the opportunity and make a statement. Silva didn’t hold back in the trash talk during media day, declaring that she would take Holm on for five rounds and then knock her out.
Holm, a former champion, responded to Silva’s bravado with her trademark composure, stating, “Anybody can dream.” The stage was set for an intense battle between the two fighters.
As the bout began, Holm immediately showed her aggressive side, launching multiple flurries of strikes at Silva. She expertly clinched Silva against the fence and delivered punishing knees and short strikes to the body. Despite Silva landing a couple of knees in response, she struggled to contend with the strength and size of Holm. The former champion’s activity and pace were likely too much for Silva to steal the round.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Thank you Mayra for saving us from a 41 year old Holly Holm title run with a ninja choke lmao <a href=”https://t.co/YedWBtoYkt”>pic.twitter.com/YedWBtoYkt</a></p>— Josie Aldo (@MMAWretch) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MMAWretch/status/1680436949327417344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 16, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
In the second round, Silva came out strong, landing a powerful right hand on Holm, prompting Holm to clinch and retaliate with strikes in close quarters. In a surprising turn of events, Silva executed a quick standing ninja choke on Holm. Despite Holm’s valiant efforts to resist, she was ultimately forced to tap, handing Silva a significant upset victory.
The result was an astonishing triumph for Silva, positioning her as a rising star in the women’s bantamweight division. Defeating a former UFC champion like Holm is no small feat and has opened doors for Silva to become the new bantamweight champion.
Mayra Bueno Silva’s victory at UFC Vegas 77 has left the MMA world in awe, and she now stands as a legitimate contender in the highly competitive women’s bantamweight division.
As for Holly Holm, while the loss is undoubtedly disappointing, her legacy as a formidable star and former champion remains intact. Considering she’s 41, her experience and skills make her a force to be reckoned with in any bout, and fans can expect to see her back in the octagon, seeking redemption and another shot at glory.