UFC: Ketlen Vieira hangs Holly Holm in split decision

Edmonton, AB - September 09: Caitlin Vieira celebrates her victory over Sarah McMann during UFC 215 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada on September 9, 2017.  Cody McClachlan / Getty Images / AFP

File-Catalan Vieira. Cody McLachlan / Getty Images / AFP

At the main event of the UFC Fight Night on Saturday night, Brazilian Caitlin Vieira stunned former champion Holly Holm in a controversial split decision over their women’s bantamweight bout.

The cards went 48-47 across the board, two for Vieira and one for Holm.

However, Holm landed more strikes (188-122) and significant strikes (96-85), gaining a 10:04 lead in control time. Holm also scored a knockdown goal in the fourth round with a sidekick.

“I felt (Vieira) was Round 2, but at the end of the fight, I really felt in my heart that I had won the fight,” Holm later said. “So, I’m disappointed. … I don’t really give him three rounds. “

Vieira almost submitted to Holm with a back-nosed choke standing in the second round.

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