UFC Fight Island 1 Results: Liana Jojua Armbars Diana Belbita in First Round

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 16: Liana Jojua of Georgia celebrates after her submission victory over Diana Belbita in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Liana Jojua secured her first victory in the UFC with a quick armbar finish of Diana Belbita on the UFC Fight Island 1 early prelims.

Women’s flyweight action was second on the UFC Fight Island 1 preliminary card and saw Georgia’s Liana Jojua facing Romanian Diana Belbita, with both fighters looking to bounce back from losses in their Octagon debuts.

Jojua had fallen to Sarah Moras at UFC 242 last September, while Belbita had lost to Molly McCann, who will also be fighting tonight, last October. Both headed into the bout looking to earn their first victory in the Octagon, and gain momentum in a wide-open flyweight division.

Belbita opened up with a nice combination before getting the fight into the clinch in the opening seconds. Jojua did a good job of trying to reverse position on the cage, but Belbita still got the takedown, ended up in full guard and Jojua quickly went for the armbar. Jojua had it in deep and Belbita did a good job of scrambling but Jojua wasn’t letting it go at all. Belbita scrambled again and Jojua got the submission in even deeper and got the tap! What a great submission win by Liana Jojua.

While Jojua was not able to speak fluent English as a fighter from Georgia (the country), she expressed that the armbar is a submission she is confident in. One look at her record would reveal that, as five of her eight career victories have come by armbar.

Liana Jojua def. Diana Belbita via Submission (Armbar) in Round 1 (2:23)