- A photo and a video clip from the UFC’s ongoing Fight Island festival in Abu Dhabi shows the devastating, fight-ending quality a big shot to the body can have.
- Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian fought a women’s flyweight match inside the behind-closed-doors Flash Forum on Saturday.
- Andrade closed the show inside a round when she dug a huge punch into her opponent’s body, forcing Chookagian to wince and retreat.
- Watch the finish below.
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FIGHT ISLAND — Video footage from a UFC women’s flyweight match shows the devastating, fight-ending effect a huge shot to the body can have.
It all went down during the co-main event between Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian. They fought behind-closed-doors Saturday at the Flash Forum on Fight Island, a quarantined area the Abu Dhabi culture and tourism board purpose-built in conjunction with the UFC.
Andrade made history by becoming the first woman in the UFC to win in three separate weight classes when she defeated Chookagian in the opening round of their 125-pound bout.
Chookagian had advantages of height and reach but Andrade ensured that mattered little by closing the distance between the fighters, engaging in clinches against the fence, and dragging her opponent to the ground.
Andrade varied her strikes. She landed shots on Chookagian’s head and body in equal measure, setting up a buzzer-beating finish.
The ending arrived when Andrade landed a body punch which made Chookagian retreat and turn her back on the fight and her opponent.
After a moment of confusion as it was not clear whether the fight was over, Andrade ran at Chookagian and sought the stoppage.
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“I hit her with a punch on her stomach and she yelled out and turned around and for a second I thought that the fight could have been over,” said Andrade after the win.
“But she turned around so I said it’s not over and I went in again and kept hitting her and then the referee stopped it.
“It was really fun, I had a really good fight week.”
With the win, Andrade advanced her pro MMA record to 21 wins (eight knockouts, seven submissions, and six decisions) against eight losses.