A couple of cuts needed doctor’s attention, but it was Rogerio Bontorin’s knee that opened up a cut above the right eye of Raulian Paiva that stopped the bout at UFC Uruguay.
A couple of Dana White Contender Series veterans met at UFC Uruguay, when Raulian Paiva and Rogerio Bontorin met in a flyweight bout. Since their DWCS victories in August of 2018, both fighters made their UFC debuts.
Paiva fought at UFC 234 in February, taking the second loss of his 20-fight career at the hands of Kai Kara-France via split-decision. The 23-year-old Brazilian was on a 12-fight winning streak before the loss.
Bontorin debuted in Fortaleza, Brazil, earning an impressive split-decision win over Magomed Bibulatov. The 27-year-old Brazilian entered Montevideo with a 15-1 record, with three straight wins under his belt.
After trading strikes early, Bontorin with leg kicks and Paiva with a left hand, Bontorin landed a takedown. The left hand that landed from Paiva opened up a huge cut under the left eye that started bleeding and swelling immediatly. The action was paused for the cageside doctor to check on the cut, which was deemed okay enough to continue.
Once the fight was restarted, the action quickly returned to the feet, and both men threw heavy shots. In the exchange, Bontorin landed a massive right knee above the right eye of Paiva in the clinch. That knee opened up a huge cut, which would require attention from the cageside doctor once again. This time, the cut was rightly deemed too troublesome to let Paiva continue, and the bout was stopped.
— UFC (@ufc) August 10, 2019
Result: Rogerio Bontorin def. Raulian Paiva by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) in Round 1 (2:56)
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