UFC 251: Vanessa Melo vs. Karol Rosa Play-by-Play

In an all-Brazilian bantamweight matchup, Vanessa Melo fought Karol Rosa on the UFC prelims. Here’s how the bout panned out.

Bout 2: Vanessa Melo (10-7) vs. Karol Rosa (12-3) (Bantamweight)

Rosa consistently got Rosa with hooks and jabs early in the first round. Rosa was landing as well, but the volume that Melo put out was much higher. Rosa got a takedown with just over a minute to go in the round.

Melo had a takedown attempt stopped in the second minute of the second round, being stopped with a clinch on the feet. Rosa eventually got a takedown from the clinch. Rosa landed a flurry of punches on the ground, keeping the position until the round ended.

Melo stopped a takedown attempt halfway into the final round. Melo had her best round yet, walking down Rosa and landing punches. They stayed in a clinch for the final minute of the fight. Going to the scorecards, Rosa won the fight (30-26, 30-26 & 30-27).

RESULT: Karol Rosa def. Vanessa Melo via Decision, Unanimous

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Melo 9 9 10 28
Rosa 10 10 9 29

Live coverage of UFC 251 can be found here.

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