Sarah, Joanne shine in first female bouts

Sarah, Joanne shine in first female bouts
Sarah Jones (white top) in action against Liana Jojua during UFC 242 bout at The Arena at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. - Photo by Ryan Lim

Abu Dhabi - In the first of the two female fights, Canada's Sarah 'Cheesecake' Moras defeated Russia's Liana Jojua after mixed results in mixed martial arts so far.



By Ashwani Kumar

Published: Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12:04 AM

The unique element of UFC 242 - Abu Dhabi's first-ever female bouts - added much-needed zing and zest.
In the first of the two female fights, Canada's Sarah 'Cheesecake' Moras defeated Russia's Liana Jojua after mixed results in mixed martial arts so far.
After a first round lull, the encounter came alive in the second one as Sarah went after Liana, and she finally won it in the third through technical knockout in the bantamweight division.
"It feels so good to be the first female to win a UFC fight in Abu Dhabi. It's amazing. It means the world to me and I hope it means the world to the people here.
"I hope more people can get into the sport and it opens their eyes."
She hoped the win will help land another bout as it was the last one on her contract.
"I hope the UFC still likes me as I've still got a lot more to show," Sarah said.
In the flyweight division, the last of the undercard acts of the day, was also one to decide the next challenger to the title.
Number five Joanne Calderwood from Scotland and Andrea Lee from the US, the number six, went after each other.
Both fighters deployed their Muay Thai moves of boxing and kicking to good effect and Joanne prevailed through a split decision.
"I am very happy. I have given my best. She was also up for it. I will continue to work hard. I am good enough for another fight," the 33 year-old said.
ashwani@khaleejtimes.com


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