- Priscila Cachoeira leads the list.
- All finishes were two minutes and below.
The women’s flyweight division in the UFC houses one of the most dominant champions that the promotion has seen in the form of Valentina Shevchenko. The Kyrgyz MMA superstar recently tied Jose Aldo for the most successive title defenses at seven with her close split decision win over Talia Santos.
Because of its controversial result, an immediate title rematch is already in the works for Shevchenko and Santos, which makes for great online sports betting opportunities for fans via UFC odds. But the excitement in the division is not only limited to its reigning champion as other fighters engineered fast finishes.
Today, I will look into the top five fastest finishes in UFC Women’s Flyweight division.
Fastest Finishes in UFC Women’s Flyweight Division History
Priscila Cachoeira vs. Shana Dobson – 40 Seconds
Priscila Cachoeira entered the UFC with an immaculate record of 8-0, including four TKO/KO wins. But when she competed inside the Octagon, she suffered three straight losses from Valentina Shevchenko (in February 2018), Molly McCann (in March 2019) and Luana Carolina (in May 2019), which almost jeopardized her UFC career.
Because of this three-fight skid, Cachoeira needed an impressive win, and Shana Dobson was the recipient of this highlight-reel finish. In February 2020, “Zombie Girl” came out firing on all cylinders in the match against “Danger.” Due to this relentless attack, Cachoeira produced an uppercut knockout in just 40 seconds to claim her first UFC win and stay on the roster.
Veronica Macedo vs. Polyana Viana – 1:09
Veronica Macedo was also an undefeated fighter before finally signing with the UFC in 2016. She had five wins and one draw in six matches before her arrival inside the Octagon. But when she started competing under the promotion, she went winless in her first three bouts, losing to Ashlee Evans-Smith (in September 2016), Andrea Lee (in May 2018) and Gillian Robertson (in February 2019).
Although she had a rough start in the UFC, the Venezuelan still continued competing and was able to set the second-fastest finish in the history of the women’s 125-pound division with an armbar submission win over Polyana Viana in August 2019. The MMA Factory athlete only needed one minute and nine seconds to record her first-ever Octagon victory officially.
Ariane Lipski vs. Luana Carolina – 1:28
Ariane Lipski was the KSW title holder when she arrived at the UFC. But this credential did not help her win her first two fights under the Las Vegas-based promotion as she suffered a unanimous decision defeat from Joanne Wood (in January 2019) and Molly McCann (in June 2019). She finally got her maiden victory in her third bout when she unanimously beat Isabella de Padua in November 2019.
Lipski sustained this momentum in her fourth UFC outing, where she faced Luana Carolina in July 2020. The “Queen of Violence” perfectly countered a calf slicer submission attempt by “Dread” to maneuver her way into a knee bar submission victory. The Curitiba, Parana, Brazil native did this in under 90 seconds, ending the fight in the opening round.
Rachael Ostovich vs. Karine Gevorgyan – 1:40
It was a dream UFC debut for Rachael Ostovich as she won her inaugural bout with the world’s leading MMA promotion in December 2017 against Karine Gevorgyan via armbar submission. The athlete from Honolulu, Hawaii, was able to weather the ground-and-pound attack from her Armenian opponent and transition to the slick submission technique.
Unfortunately, it was her lone promotion victory because Ostovich absorbed three losses courtesy of Montana De La Rosa via third-round submission in July 2018, a second-round loss to Paige VanZant in January 2019, and a knockout defeat from Gina Mazany in November 2020. Since that most recent loss from Mazany, Ostovich has not seen any action in the Octagon.
Montana De La Rosa vs. Christina Marks – 2:00
Montana De La Rosa’s entry to the UFC in December 2017 via the Ultimate Fighter Finale marked the fifth-fastest finish in the history of the women’s flyweight division. The Elevation Fight Team representative made Christina Marks tap through an armbar in the two-minute mark of the first round to march her way to more UFC fights and eventually a contract.
Since that victory, De La Rosa went on to win four wins in eight UFC matches while losing three and drawing one. As for Christina Marks, it was the only opportunity she had to crack a roster spot in the promotion. After that first-round defeat, she signed with Invicta FC and received another loss at the hands of Milana Dudieva on a second-round TKO.
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