Mara Romero Borella made her case at strawweight with a massive first-round victory at UFC 216.
Mara Romero Borella injected some life into the main card with a huge win in the opening round. Kalindra Faria’s approach to the fight was ill-advised, and Borello’s grappling showed through as the fight ended in a timely fashion. Borello has the world at her fingertips after a win like that, and a quick turn around is imminent after that debut.
Borella has made a statement after a win over a former contender at Titan FC. The road to a possible title shot will undoubtedly be more difficult going forward though.
Mara Borella out worked Faria since the opening bell. From the takedown to the transitions, her execution on the ground was exquisite. The rear-naked-choke was textbook, and the wild finish was on par with her war cry. It was an excellent result and a promising debut for the Italian fighter.
Mara Romero Borello took out Kalindra Faria like a butcher approaches a slab of meat. Borello’s composure on the ground is on another level. As she trapped in the body lock and attained back control, it was apparent that the fight was all but over within seconds. Borello will be looking to keep that momentum going as her UFC career continues
Fight rating: 70/100
Mara Romero Borella
The Italian Stallion has made her mark on the UFC’s strawweight division. It will be interesting to see what Sean Shelby has in store after those heroics. Dominant win, promising fighter, a good market with her nationality and there could be some exciting fights in her future.
Underwhelming debut for the Brazilian starlet, but all is not lost for Faria. Her game plan had much to desire but a last-minute bout like this is not the way she intended to start for the promotion.
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