After hearing the 10-second warning signal during the second round of her fight on Saturday night in Abu Dhabi, a UFC fighter stopped in the middle of the Octagon to tap gloves with her opponent as a sign of respect. The only problem was that there was still time left in the round, so her opponent let loose several hard punches as the sorely mistaken fighter turned away from the action.
You can watch women’s bantamweight contender Bethe Correia’s near-fatal error against Pannie Kianzad at UFC Fight Night 174 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi below.
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Bethe Correia Lost Her Fight Against Pannie Kianzad
Thanks to some fast thinking and the virtues of her training, Correia did end up making it through that scary moment in the fight without getting knocked out cold.
After eating two shots, she was able to gather herself enough to ward off the rest of the attacks.
Still, Kianzad ended up winning the fight via unanimous decision after the three rounds were over.
Judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Kianzad.
Obviously, giving Kianzad those free shots at the end of the second round couldn’t have helped Correia’s case with the three scorers sitting cageside.
So Correia ate some vicious punches because of her own mistake but also ended up losing her fight.
It was a wild turn of events at the last UFC card scheduled for Fight Island this month.
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till
The wild action between Correia and Kianzad happened during the prelims for UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till card in Abu Dhabi.
You can see all the most important details about the last UFC Fight Island card for July below.
What: UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till
When: July 25
Where: Yas Island in Abu Dhabi
Time: 8 p.m. ET (main card), 5 p.m. ET (prelims)
Below is the full fight card.
Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till – Main Event
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Rogerio Nogueira – Co-Main Event
Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Carla Esparza vs. Marina Rodriguez
Paul Craig vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
Alex Oliveira vs. Peter Sobotta
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Rhys McKee
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jai Herbert
Nicolas Dalby vs. Jesse Ronson
Tom Aspinall vs. Jake Collier
Movsar Evloev vs. Mike Grundy
Tanner Boser vs. Raphael Pessoa
Bethe Correia vs. Pannie Kianzad
Ramazan Emeev vs. Niklas Stolze
Nathaniel Wood vs. John Castaneda
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