WATCH: Julia Avila Secures Blistering 22 Second KO At UFC Fight Night

Published 06/13/2020, 10:08 PM EDT

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UFC Bantamweight Julia Avila put on a professional career-best performance with a stoppage victory over Gina Mazany. The finish came in just 00:22 of the very first round. The prelim portion of the fight card has set a high standard for the main card. The event tied the modern-era record for most finishes occurring in under a minute, with 3.

The event received criticism for MMA fans involving the lack of star power in the card. However, it appears that this wasn’t a deterring factor for the bouts so far. The prelim bouts of UFC Fight Night at the Apex facility are giving a tough comparison to other major cards of the past.

Julia Avila extends her record to 8-1, and she’s on a 4 fight run. Ever since joining the UFC in July 2019, ‘Raging Panda’ has been under the radar. This performance may help put the division on notice. Going into the fight, Avila expressed confidence in her striking, which was on full display.


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Avila was the sizable favorite going into the fight and showcased exactly why. In the first seconds of the fight, Julia Avila would land a devastating knee to Mazany’s midsections. The fight was more or less finished from there. The ‘Raging Panda’ followed up the body shot with precise strikes to the head, giving the referee no option other than to stop the fight.


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UFC Bantamweight speaks out, post-fight

Julia Avila spoke to the media post-fight and shared her thoughts on the victory.


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“The division has known about me. I’m that annoying fly in the background, but now I’m starting to make a couple of waves. They’re starting to see what I’m capable of. I still have to earn my stripes. And I look forward to the journey and a lot of people are on notice”.

Where do you see Julia Avila going in the dense Women’s Bantamweight Division?


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Darryl Pinto


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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.
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