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

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.”
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