UFC 276: Julija Stoliarenko Hits Arm-Bar, Leaves Jessica-Rose Clark With Mangled Limb

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Jessica-Rose Clark and Julija Stoliarenko, UFC 276
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 02: Jessica-Rose Clark of Australia battles Julija Stoliarenko of Lithuania in a flyweight fight during the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

Kicking off Saturday’s UFC 276 card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko was very much flying under the radar.

Clark had seen a two-fight win streak halted in her last fight while Stoliarenko was fighting for her job, having lost three straight fights coming into the bout.

“Jessy Jess” hit the octagon walking out to “Sexy Boy,” the entrance theme of pro wrestling star Shawn Michaels. The choice was announced on The MMA Hour earlier this week, but the fun stopped moments later.

With the pair skipping the traditional touch of the gloves, both fighters took the center of the octagon. A low kick from Stoliarenko started the fight and then a high kick from Clark followed. Clark tagged Stoliarenko with a right hand and then charged her. Stoliarenko popped Clark with a 1-2 and then changed levels, taking her down. Stoliarenko immediately transitioned straight to an arm-bar and forced Clark to tap frantically — possibly dislocating her elbow in the process.

The angle the limb wound up at during the submission was simply horrifying, and Clark was clearly in pain and nursing her arm after the fight.

With her back firmly against the wall, Stoliarenko picked up her first UFC win, saving her spot on the roster. Clark on the other hand has dropped two straight and might be fighting her job in her next outing. That might be a while yet, and we hope that Clark quickly recovers from the injury sustained during the fight.

Official Result: Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica Rose Clark by submission (arm-bar) Round 1, 0:42

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