At age 40, Sweden’s “Elbow Queen” Lina Lansberg was looking to snap a three-fight skid at UFC Vegas 60. Opposite her was Brazil’s Mayra Bueno Silva, hunting for her third straight win.
The action was barely underway Saturday night when an eye poke by Lansberg halted the action. Silva was given time to recover, while the ref warned Lansberg. A minute or so later, things were back underway. Silva fired a spinning kick to the midsection, but Lansberg fought through it.
Silva continued to press, targeting the body further. Lansberg had her back to the cage, trying to circle before finally pressing forward. That was answered by a low kick by Silva. Landberg got to live up to her name, however, in a clinch, landing an elbow off the break. But Silva backed the Swede up with low kicks again, then ripped the body. Leg kicks and body shots were key to Silva’s early offense. Silva began mixing in knees in the clinch. One clinch later, it was Lansberg with an elbow. Another clinch attempt by Lansberg moments later led to Silva driving her into the fence, dropping for a takedown. She stayed on it, landed it, and threatened at passing to side control before the buzzer sounded.
Round two saw the air clinch early. Knees were exchanged before Silva landed a spinning elbow out of the break. That was followed up with a takedown, which saw Silva go to work from half-guard. She worked on getting up an arm-triangle choke, but couldn’t pull her leg through. Instead, Lansberg gave up her back. From there, Silva looked to set up an arm-bar, and tried to flatten her out. When that didn’t work, Mayra Bueno Silva landed some nasty elbows, got a body triangle locked on, and went hunting for the rear-naked choke.
Surprisingly, Lansberg was able to escape the body triangle. Back to her feet, she then made a critical mistake, moving back into range of Silva, who was still on the ground. Silva grabbed a leg, dragged Lansberg down, locked up a kneebar and forced the tap!
Bueno Silva gets the sub!!@MayraSheetara with her 3rd straight win, 2nd straight submission tonight at #UFCVegas69! pic.twitter.com/rc0KAaQsjv
— UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2023
After the fight, Silva said she had one question, asking why Raquel Pennington deserved a title shot over her. As for what’s next, Miesha Tate or Pennington were both names Silva had in mind.
Official Result: Mayra Bueno Silva def. Lina Lansberg by submission (kneebar), Round 2, 4:45