Back after serious injury, Ketlen Esquentadinha defeats rival and wins first at UFC Las Vegas 91

Recovering from knee injury, Brazilian beats Marnic Mann in unanimous decision by judges

Ketlen Hot (left) fighting in UFC Las Vegas 91. Photo: Disclosure/UFC

Back in the octagon after almost a year of inactivity, Ketlen Hot had a dominant performance in the UFC Las Vegas 91. Climbed on the preliminary card this Saturday (27), the Manauara woman proved to be recovered from the knee injury that kept her out of competitions and canceled Marnic Mann. For three rounds, the Brazilian was outclassed, being declared the winner in a unanimous decision.

The result marks Ketlen's first UFC triumph. Now, the strawweight (up to 52,1kg.) begins the climb towards the top of the category led by Weili Zhang.

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Surpassed by Esquentadinha, Mann found herself in trouble in the company. The combatant reaches the mark of two stumbles and continues without triumphs in the company.

She just gave

The fight started with Ketlen taking the initiative with a low kick. The Brazilian continued to focus on kicks, while her opponent saved on her actions. After almost two minutes, the man from Manaus managed to hurt her rival with two crosses, followed by a high kick. Immediately, Marnic closed the distance and started trying for a takedown. Halfway through the stage, Esquentadinha managed to get away and started hitting again with dabs and straight shots. Mann returned to grappling, but the Brazilian frustrated her opponent's momentum. In the final seconds, Ketlen tried to corner her opponent close to the bars. Marnic managed a takedown in the final second, but there was no more time.

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In the second round, Ketlen shook her opponent with a clean right to the face. Mann grabbed the Brazilian again, but Esquentadinha managed to free herself. Manauara remained aggressive, while the opponent seemed lost in the clash. Marnic had just one strategy: take down. However, Ketlen nullified her opponent's intentions with powerful blows.

The last round began with Marnic walking towards the Brazilian, but without launching any attacks. Ketlen waited for her opponent's actions and bet on counterattacks. Esquentadinha got injured again and began a real punishment on her opponent. With straights and crosses, the Manauara rocked her rival. The Brazilian chose to shorten the distance afterwards and was almost caught in a Kimura. Marnic was on top and hit the Tupiniquim with ground and pound. In the final minute, Ketlen managed to 'explode' and stayed on his feet. Again, the Brazilian cut short and was taken down by her opponent again. Then, the timer reset.

Rookie finishes in first round

Chris Padilla ends in UFC Las Vegas 91. Photo: Reproduction/X @UFCNews

Last-minute replacement Gabe Green, Chris Padilla He put on a real show in the Octagon. Opponent of James Llontop, the athlete proved to be a complete athlete and took advantage of an opponent's mistake to achieve victory by submission. With a rear naked choke, the athlete triumphed in the first round.

The victory confirms Padilla's debut with the 'right foot'. At 28 years old, the fighter has 13 victories and six defeats.

Revealed by 'Contender Series', Llontop also debuted with the company. The athlete's streak of 12 victories ended.

Ivana Petrovic finishes and scores her first victory

Ivana Petrovic strikes rival UFC Las Vegas 91. Photo: Disclosure/UFC

Overcome in her Ultimate debut, in 2023, Ivana Petrovic won the organization's first victory. On the other side of the octagon, the Norwegian had Na Liang, who was experiencing a dramatic situation in the company. With a confident presentation, the flyweight (up to 56,7kg) achieved victory with a hand triangle in the third round.

The triumph makes Petrovic begin the journey towards the top of the category led by Alexa grasso. The positive result also marks the fighter's seventh victory in eight MMA appearances.

Finished by Ivana, Liang got into trouble in the company. Now, the athlete has four consecutive defeats and is at risk of joining the company's layoff list.

Chinese promise wins and avoids bad times

Maheshate Hayisaer (left) fighting in UFC Las Vegas 91. Photo: Disclosure/UFC

Pressured by two consecutive defeats in the UFC, Maheshate Hayisaer breathed a sigh of relief in the organization. Veteran's opponent Gabriel benitez, the 24-year-old Chinese had a balanced confrontation, but convinced two of the three side judges. After three rounds, the lightweight (up to 70,3kg) was declared the winner in a split decision.

With the triumph, Maheshat moves away from the bad moment. Before the UFC Las Vegas 91, the fighter accumulated two stumbles in three challenges.

Ultimate representative since 2014, Gabriel benitez had the warning signal turned on. The athlete now has three negative results in the last eight clashes.

UFC Las Vegas 91 results

MAIN CARD 

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Alex Perez derrotou Matheus Nicolau by knockout at 2m16s of R2

Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Bogdan Guskov derrotou Ryan spann by technical knockout at 3m16s of R2

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Karina Silva derrotou Ariane da Silva in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Heavy weight (up to 120,2 kg): Jonathan Diniz derrotou austen lane by knockout at 2m12s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): david onama derritiy Jonathan Pearce in the decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Uros Medic derrotou Tim means by technical knockout at 2m09s of R1

PRELIMINARY CARD 

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Victor Henry derrotou Rani Yaya by technical knockout at 2m36s of R3

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Austin Hubbard derritiy Michal Figlak in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Heavyweight (up to 120,2 kg): Don'Tale Mayes defeated Caio Machado in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Ketlen Hot derrotou Marnic Mann in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Chris Padilla finished James Llontop with a rear naked choke at 4m33s of R1

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Ivana Petrovic finished Na Liang with a hand triangle at 1m29s ​​from R3

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Maheshate Hayisaer derrotou Gabriel benitez in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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