10 Feb - 
UFC 234 results: Montana De La Rosa dominates, submits Nadia Kassem

MELBOURNE, Australia – Montana De La Rosa continued to emerge as a potential player in the UFC women’s flyweight division with a one-sided victory over Nadia Kassem at UFC 234.

De La Rosa’s (10-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) grappling game completely overwhelmed Kassem (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) before she finally locked in a fight-ending armbar at the 2:37 mark of Round 2.

The women’s flyweight bout was part of the pay-per-view main card at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. It followed prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

De La Rosa opened the fight with a big overhand punch that backed Kassem up toward the fence. She engaged in the clinch before Kassem attempted to jump for an armbar that was easily denied. That resulted in De La Rosa establishing top position, which is exactly where she wanted the fight to be, and where she kept it for the entirety of the round. De La Rosa didn’t inflict much in the way of damage, but she kept active enough to avoid a standup and avoid Kassem’s submission attempts.

It was more of the same to kick off the second round. De La Rosa wasted no time shooting for a takedown on Kassem, and once she got it, advanced her way into a dominant positions. De La Rosa got the mount and went into a mounted triangle. She then threatened with an armbar, but Kassem refused to tap for a lock while. De La Rosa went back to the triangle choke and added elbows into the equation. De La Rosa transitioned to the armbar one final time before Kassem has no choice but to tap out.

“The strategy was actually to keep it on the feet,” De La Rosa said in her post-fight interview with Jon Anik. “She kept moving back and I found the submission.”

With the win, De La Rosa is tied for the most wins in UFC women’s flyweight history. She also owns the record for most stoppages and submissions in divisional history.

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