UFC 269: Gillian Robertson Secures Buzzer-Beater Choke on Priscila Cachoeira

Gillian Robertson and Priscila Cachoeira, UFC 269
Gillian Robertson and Priscila Cachoeira, UFC 269 Ceremonial Weigh-In Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The final Ultimate Fighting Championship Pay-Per-View event of the year, UFC 269, arrived on Saturday, with Canadian Gillian Robertson kicking off the early preliminary card against Priscila Cachoeira of Brazil.

What would have been a women’s flyweight match-up was held at a 129lb catchweight, after Cachoeira badly missed the mark at Friday morning’s official weigh-in. That put an added twist on a dicey situation for Robertson, who started the night on the first two-fight losing streak of her career.

Not surprisingly, Robertson pursued a takedown in the opening minute of her fight with Priscila Cachoeira. But she did land a kick to the body prior to that, and when the takedown wasn’t there for her, she caught Cachoeira with a right hand off the break. Robertson, however, was bloodied early, and her next takedown attempt was wild. The third attempt? That one was on the money.

Robertson planted Cachoeira on her back care of a double leg, then stood up, stepped over, and settled into half guard. The Canadian worked on a kimura, but wound up out of position. She still had control from the back, however, and used that to transition to the top, moving to mount. The Brazilian attempted to buck Robertson off, to no avail. Heavy ground n’ pound followed.

Then, when an arm-bar attempt put Robertson out of position, she managed to drag Cachoeira back down, taking the back and locking in a rear-naked choke. In a brutal display of poor sportsmanship, Cachoeira attempted to eye gouge Robertson not once, but twice. It didn’t work, Robertson kept the pressure on, and Cachoeira tapped with one second remaining in the round!

Not a good look from Cachoeira after missing weight. As for Gillian Robertson, she managed to get some throat cuddles in, snapping her two-fight skid in the process.

Official Result: Gillian Robertson def. Priscila Cachoeira by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1, 4:59