The only newcomer to Saturday’s UFC Vegas 65 card, Contender Series alum Tereza Bleda of the Czech Republic put her undefeated 6-0 record on the line against Natalya Silva in a women’s flyweight contest.
While Bleda was making his first walk to the Octagon, Silva was looking for his second win in as many fights under the UFC banner. Both began the night with impressive hitting streaks.
Early in the fight, Bleda timed Silva to throw a spinning kick to try and take her down. Bleda had a bodylock, but Silva had strong takedown defense and balance that stayed upright. Silva tried to defend himself using a head and arm throw but let Bleda consolidate the top position. Silva was able to flip Bleda onto his back after top control from Bleda. Very well done, Bleda fights out with a wristlock and locks in a triangle. It was super tight and Bleda was even twisting the arm, but Silva somehow survived until the bell.
In the second round, Silva opened with a strong jab, forcing Bleda to fire on the legs. Bleda pressed Silva back to the cage as he did early in the first round. Silva did get some space and landed a left hand, but had to start defending the takedown right away. Bleda was able to drop Silva with a double leg. Silva gets to his feet and escapes the clinch. Bleda was visibly tired in the last minute of the round. Silva landed a nice left hand and combination, forcing Bleda to win at the bell.
In the last round, you could see that Bleda was gassed. Silva was coming down with hands that were landing at a much higher rate. Silva timed Bleda to change levels with a spinning kick to the face. Bleda staggered to her knees, took another right hand and a few more punches and the referee stopped the fight! The Brazilian’s highlight reel finish handed Bleda her first career loss.
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Official result: Natalya Silva won. Teresa Bleda by TKO (spinning kick and punches), round 3, 1:27