UFC Vegas 74: Ketlen Souza’s Knee Pops in Gruesome Submission by Karine Silva

Karine Silva and Ketlen Souza, UFC Vegas 74
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 03: (R-L) Karine Silva of Brazil works for a submission against Ketlen Souza of Brazil in a flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 03, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Karine Silva welcomed fellow Brazilian flyweight Ketlen Souza to the octagon at UFC Vegas 74 on Saturday night, in a fight that was over in little more than a minute.

Silva was coming off a win in her own promotional debut, while former Invicta FC champ Souza was looking to make a strong first impression.

Unfortunately for Souza, it just wasn’t her night — and after a nasty, unpredictable finish, it might be a while before fight fans see her again.

Silva started out loose, throwing a lot of kicks before shooting in and completing an easy takedown. Silva was controlling on top landing some ground and pound before sitting back and going for a leg lock. The squeeze came and you could see something in the knee of Ketlen Souza separate, and the fight was over in a painful way.

Souza was unable to stand as the ref read out the result.

“I felt a pop, it was something weird, and I just let go,” Silva said following the fight, speaking via translator with UFC analyst and former champ Michael Bisping. The victory marks win #16 for Karine Silva, and her seventh straight.

Official Result: Karine Silva def. Ketlen Souza by submission (knee bar), Round 1, 1:35