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Sixteen months after winning “The Ultimate Fighter 23” crown, Tatiana Suarez (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) looked like she hadn’t missed a beat, absolutely dominating a previously undefeated Viviane Pereira (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

The women’s strawweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

While both women were looking to grapple early, it was Suarez who rattled off a few big kicks to start. Suarez then moved inside and battled through a Pereira standing guillotine to lift and slam her opponent to the canvas. Pereira tried to hold tight underneath, but Suarez smoothly transitioned from position to position until working her way to the back. Pereira did well to prevent a choke from ending the fight, but Suarez controlled the position and peppered her opponent with punches in a dominant round.

It was more of the same in the second, with Suarez bringing the fight quickly to the floor and then just dominating the position and raining down nasty punches and elbows from top position. Pereira did finally work her way to the feet but quickly found herself back on the canvas after a failed guillotine attempt, and Suarez continued to dominate on the ground.

Suarez looked to strike a bit to start the third, firing kicks to all levels at distance. But the takedown again came with relative ease, and Suarez just dominated the action on the floor. Pereira tried to scramble and offer some type of threat from her back, but there was just no answer for Suarez’s relentless attack. Suarez tried to finish with an armbar in the final seconds but had to settle for a dominant decision win, 30-27, 30-27and 30-26.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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