Strawweights Livinha Souza and Ashley Yoder battled on UFC’s preliminary card on Saturday. Here’s how their matchup panned out.
Bout 3: Livinha Souza (13-2) vs. Ashley Yoder (7-5) (Strawweight)
Yoder hopped on the back of Souza while still on the feet early in the fight after avoiding a leg kick. Yoder slipped off of the back of Souza shortly after, landing on her back on the ground. Souza went down and took top position in full guard on the ground. Souza got to her feet but went back down to the ground after with a hard punch to Yoder. They returned to the feet with three minutes left in the round. Souza was connected often with right hooks on the feet. Yoder got ahold of Souza’s head for a guillotine choke on the feet in the fourth minute, although Souza escaped and went into a clinch after. Souza landed a hard right hook as the fighters escaped the clinch. Yoder stopped a takedown, getting on the back of Souza before the round ended.
Yoder got a takedown from the clinch in the first minute of the second round. Souza was able to get up immediately while still in a clinch. They separated from the clinch with half of the round left. Yoder put Souza against the cage in a clinch in the fourth minute. They separated after less than a minute. Yoder tried to get on the back of Souza again in the final minute, although like the first time she slipped off and landed on her back on the ground. The fighters scrambled on their knees for the final moments of the round.
After clinch work for a minute or so in the first half of the third round, Souza and Yoder traded strikes on the feet. A short pause came in the third minute after a kick hit Yoder in the groin. While Souza was landing her right hand often still, Yoder was taking over the pace of the fight with kicks and straight-punches. Yoder had an advantage with keeping the fight at a distance due to having the larger reach between the two fighters. Souza got a takedown from a headlock in the final minute of the round. Yoder kept top position until the fight ran out of time. Going to the judges, Souza got the win (29-28, 29-28 & 30-27).
RESULT: Livinha Souza def. Ashley Yoder via Decision, Unanimous
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