With her spot on the roster likely on the line, women’s flyweight Priscila Cachoeira pulled off an impressive knockout win to open the UFC Auckland card against Shana Dobson.
Opening up the UFC Auckland card on Saturday was a pair of women’s flyweights badly in need of a win. Priscila Cachoeira was 0-3 in her UFC stint to date. Shana Dobson, meanwhile, was in a dangerous position as well, having gone 1-2 since her appearance on The Ultimate Fighter. Dobson entered the Auckland card on a two-fight skid, having lost bouts to Lauren Mueller and Sabina Mazo.
Cachoeira pressed early, keeping Shana Dobson on the outside. Cachoeira almost immediately came over the top with a right hand, and began lighting Dobson up. Mere moments later, with Dobson on her heels, Cachoeira connected with an uppercut that sent Dobson crashing to the mat. That was it. A rarely seen display of power at 125, and a much-needed return to the win column for Brazil’s Cachoeira.
THAT UPPER CUT! 😳
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Cachoeira has not had the easiest run in the UFC to date, having made her debut against none other than Valentina Shevchenko. She also ran afoul of USADA thanks to a diuretic turning up in a drug test. After three straight losses, however, she may now have a chance to build something off a highlight reel win, even if she did enter the fight a heavy favorite.
Official Result: Priscilia Cachoeira def. Shana Dobson by knockout (punch), Round 1, 0:40