ABU DHABI – Liana Jojua beat Diana Belbita with a first-round submission Wednesday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN 13 in Abu Dhabi.
Take a look inside the fight with Jojua, who won for the sixth time in seven fights.
Result: Liana Jojua def. Diana Belbita via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:43
Updated records: Jojua (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Belbita (13-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Key stat: Jojua has five of her eight career wins by armbar.
Jojua on the fight’s key moment
“I feel very good. I’m very happy. This is a good day for me. I (thought about a) submission – not armbar, but any submission will do. But armbar is my favorite submission, and I (did it). I didn’t think I would make this in the first round. … but she took me down, and I finished.”
Jojua on making the short-notice drop to flyweight
“I’m very happy because I haven’t won in two years. It’s very hard for me. Now I’m very happy because this is perfect. This is my first UFC win and fight at the new (flyweight) weight. I felt very good, but the weight cut is very hard for me. It’s very crazy for me. But then I think it will become easier for me because it won’t be new for me, and only having one month for the fight was a little bit short notice.”
Jojua on what she wants next
“I don’t know when I want to fight next. I haven’t thought about it. I think I want to go to new camps, make a visa for America. I want to go to America and train there, and then I will think about fighting. Right now, it’s very hard for training. If I don’t change camps, it’s not good for me.”
To hear more from Jojua, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.