Karine Silva made the most out of her Octagon debut earlier today (Sat., June 4, 2022) live on ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the flyweight prospect stopped Poliana Botelho with a beautiful first-round submission (D’Arce choke).
Both women scored good shots on the feet in the early going. Silva seemed to have a power advantage, but Botelho found her range and was in the fight every step of the way. That was until Silva landed a big right hand before securing a takedown. Silva immediately locked up the D’Arce choke on the way down to the mat and forced Botelho to tap with seconds left in the first round.
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Silva, 28, has won her last six professional fights and now has 11 total first-round stoppages on her resume. The UFC women’s flyweight division is always looking for fresh blood so this debut couldn’t have gone better for the Brazilian. “Killer” should get a significant bump in competition her next time out to see if she’s ready for a run at the top 10.
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