After controversial debut loss, Lucie Pudilova happy with recovery display at UFC Fight Night 111

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SINGAPORE – After a controversial loss in her UFC debut, Lucie Pudilova finally got a taste of octagon victory this Saturday.

Pudilova was UFC Fight Night 111’s first victor, narrowly beating Ji Yeon Kim to earn an unanimous nod on the judges’ scorecards. The win meant recovery from a UFC Fight Night 107 setback to Lina Lansberg – which, despite the across-the-board 29-28 scorecards, had a bloodied-up Lansberg  declaring Pudilova the winner.

While her submission attacks weren’t able to seal the deal against Kim, the bantamweight was “really very happy” with a display that intended to showcase a specific part of her arsenal.

“It’s great to be here and to win,” Pudilova said through a translator after the preliminary card fight, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass. “I wanted to show all visitors, all fans, that I could fight not only in striking. I wanted to show that I could beat her on the ground.

“I fully changed my strategy (from the Lansberg fight) because I knew she prepared mostly for a striking fight. I wanted to finish it on the ground.”

The 23-year-old Czech fighter had shown she is no dummy on the ground before, having won her two fights prior to the UFC call via submission. Before the UFC Fight Night 107 setback, she’d only had one professional defeat – against Lansberg herself, back in 2015.

Now, off to a 1-1 octagon start, Pudilova plans only on “training hard” and staying ready for her next call, whomever that may be against. But first, she’d like to thank her trainers, supporters and even the locals who may not have been entirely pleased with the win.

“I would like to thank people from Singapore,” Pudilova said. “Because even if they weren’t so happy with how the fight ended, they were nice.”

For more from Pudilova, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 111 results: Lucie Pudilova edges Ji Yeon Kim in curtain-jerker

In a clash of two fighters looking for their first UFC win, Lucie Pudilova (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) ultimately reigned supreme with a narrow decision victory over Ji Yeon Kim (6-1-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

The women’s bantamweight bout opened today’s UFC Fight Night 111 event at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

The fighters stood and traded in an equally matched and rather well-paced first round. Both worked jabs and tried to be the aggressor, and with good footwork, both did damage.

Kim found her distance early in the second round and landed some solid combinations. Pudilova stalled the action by pushing the fight to the fence, but she failed to get the takedown, and the ref ultimately called for a restart. Once in the center of the cage, the fighters resumed trading punch for punch, with Kim seeming to have the slight edge.

With the fight up for grabs heading into the final frame, Pudilova again pushed the action against the cage, but a restart soon followed a stalemate. Once back in the center of the cage, Pudilova landed a few quick punches but again pushed the action to the fence, where she worked for a guillotine. Kim fought it off initially, but Pudilova was relentless with the submission attack and forced her opponent to the mat with the choke attempt. However, Kim ultimately put Pudilova on her back during a scramble and ultimately escaped.

With one minute to go in the fight, Pudilova again clinched and worked for another guillotine, but she ultimately finished the round with a series of knees.

The judges ultimately scored the closely contest bout for Pudilova via 29-28 scores across the board.

Pudilova picks up her first UFC win following a promotional-debut loss to Lina Lansberg. Kim snaps a six-fight winning streak and suffers her first career loss.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 111 results include:

  • Lucie Pudilova def. Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

For complete coverage UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Singapore.)

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