UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HOLM vs. VIEIRA aka UFC Vegas 55 aired live in Asia on Sunday, May 22 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The card was a mix of thrilling finishes and impressive tactical performances.
Former champion #2 bantamweight Holly Holm and #5 Ketlen Vieira delivered a high-level, tough and technical fight. Throughout all five rounds, Holm used her powerful clinch to grind away, while Vieira continued to try to find chinks in the armor. A split decision by the judges went to Vieira and she said,
"I came here to knock her down but she came here to stall and I was in doubt. I respect her a lot... Because she's a great boxer, my camp was to grapple, so it was confusing to us. Listen, everybody, I'm the next champion of the bantamweight division!"
The welterweight matchup between #14 Santiago Ponzinibbio and the high-flying Michel Pereira delivered fireworks and surprisingly went the distance. Back and forth action showing the intelligence and development of both athletes led to a very close judges' decision that went the way of Pereira. "Demolidor" said,
"Thank you my wife, my, team, my family, and Ponzinibbio, thank you so much. You're a very good fighter. Now I'm in the top fifteen, I need the top five. Hey Nate, hey Masvidal, come on my friends!"
It was a thankful night for South Korea's Park Jun-Young who was able to get back into the win column with a split decision over Eryk Anders. The grinding fight saw Anders work for single legs and keep the action at the fence, while Park stayed smart with good timing on his punches, which was enough to sway two of the three judges.
Chidi Njokuani added another fantastic KO to his short but impressive Octagon resume with a first-round finish of Duško Todorović. It was a fierce battle, but Njokuani shone through across every facet.
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