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UFC 216 results: Mara Romero Borella makes easy work of Kalindra Faria for first-round tap


Kalindra Faria was more than a 2-1 favorite against fellow UFC newcomer Mara Romero Borella, but the underdog wiped that out almost immediately.

Borella (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) took Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) down quickly into their fight, then took full mount. By the time she had Faria’s back, it was just a matter of time before Borella finished with a rear-naked choke. Faria’s tap came at the 2:54 mark of the first round.

The women’s strawweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Borella tied Faria up quickly when the two met in the middle and landed a fairly easy takedown near the fence. She went to work from half-guard and was in position for an arm-triangle choke. And very quickly, the Italian passed to full mount. She pulled Faria away from the fence to keep Faria from being able to wall-walk back to her feet.

Faria tried to hip escape, but Borella controlled Faria’s left arm. Faria tried to get out, but Borella took her back and locked up a body triangle. She locked up a rear-naked choke and it was only a matter of time before Faria had to tap.

Borella won for the sixth straight time on the heels of a three-fight skid she suffered in 2015. Faria had a three-fight winning streak snapped and loss for the first time since back-to-back setbacks to current UFC fighters Jessica Aguilar and Karolina Kowalkiewicz in WSOF and KSW.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 216 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Simon Samano contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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