Paige VanZant’s run within the UFC could have come to an finish Saturday, and never the best way she hoped for.

Amanda Ribas (10-1 MMA, 4-Zero UFC) took VanZant (8-Four MMA, 5-Three UFC) to the canvas a few minute into the battle, then discovered her option to an armbar that ultimately compelled VanZant to faucet on the 2:21 mark of the opening body. The battle was the final on VanZant’s UFC contract, and he or she has mentioned she intends to check free company.

The ladies’s flyweight bout opened up the principle card at UFC 251 at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+ and early prelims on UFC Battle Move.

“I believe this battle, I proved to myself and the world it doesn’t matter who you’re. What issues is what you need to do together with your life,” Ribas mentioned on the published after her win. “Folks mentioned, ‘How are you going to beat a woman who trains in a giant fitness center?’ I’ve a giant coronary heart.”

Ribas moved as much as flyweight for the battle, however mentioned she intends to maneuver again right down to strawweight after her win over VanZant.

Ribas pushed VanZant to the skin early, then landed a physique kick 30 seconds into the spherical. She adopted it up with a knee to the physique earlier than VanZant tied her up. Nevertheless it didn’t take lengthy for Ribas to journey VanZant to the canvas.

VanZant tried to work her method free in opposition to the fence, however when she bought unfastened Ribas went after an armbar. VanZant tried to roll out of it, nevertheless it was too tight and VanZant was compelled to faucet.

Ribas gained for the fifth straight time. VanZant, who fought for the primary time in 18 months after a 3rd damaged arm and subsequent surgical procedure, has dropped three of her previous 4.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 251 outcomes embrace: