UFC Fight Island 2 Bonuses: Ariane Lipski’s Horrifyingly Beautiful Kneebar Rewarded

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 19: Ariane Lipski of Brazil celebrates after her victory over Luana Carolina of Brazil in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Ouch. That was the immediate reaction to Ariane Lipski’s stunning submission of Lauana Carolina at UFC Fight Island 2.

“The Violence Queen” indeed.

Lipski (13-5) earned her second straight victory in the UFC, this one via kneebar at just under 90 seconds in the opening round. In a scramble on the ground, Lipski had worked on a calf slicer, then switched to the kneebar, bending her opponent’s knee in a way that the human body simply isn’t designed for. Carolina let out a scream that will echo in the minds of man fans, and tapped.

She sat on her stool afterwards, unable to walk to the center of the octagon while Lipski’s hand was raised.

Not at all surprisingly, that submission earned the former KSW flyweight champion Performance of the Night bonus. It also made a little bit of history, as the second-fastest submission in women’s flyweight history. As well as being just the second kneebar submission ever on the women’s side in the UFC. Mackenzie Dern had the first, back in May.

Another big performance took home a Performance of the Night bonus on Saturday. That was Deiveson Figueiredo in the main event. “Daico” again made short work of Joseph Benavidez, as he did back in February in the pair’s first meeting. Only, there was no controversy this time. Just three knockdowns in the opening round, en route to a technical submission victory, as Joe went out to the rear-naked choke.

A stunning win for Figueiredo, who now begins his reign as the UFC flyweight champion. A heartbreaking defeat for Benavidez, who had acknowledged ahead of the fight that it was likely his last shot at gold.

Fight of the Night honors at UFC Fight Island 2 went to Marc Diakiese and Rafael Fiziev, for their back-and-forth, primarily stand-up war. Fiziev won the fight via unanimous decision.

All four bonus winners will receive an extra $50,000 for their efforts.

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