UFC Vegas 59 has definitely started… confusingly.
Starting all night of action inside UFC APEX, bantamweights Maira Bueno Silva and Stephanie Egger were both looking to keep their names in the win column.
Just outside the gate, both women found themselves entangled in the tarpaulins against the fence. Grasping her arm, Bueno Silva latched on to the deep arm, released a submission hold, and exclaimed that her opponent tapped. A visibly confused referee asked Egger if she had really tapped, but was met with only silence, much to the confusion of the watching fans.
Approaching the cage of the viewing table, the referee questioned the judges before receiving audible confirmation from one of them that they had witnessed Egger tapping.
Below is how their fellow fighters reacted to the confusion.
Maira Bueno Silva submits Stephanie Egger
Brad number 1! She knocked or not?? Like what was that?? #UFCVegas59
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) August 7, 2022
Guilty. Obviously, she knocked, otherwise she would have jumped up and continued to fight!
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) August 7, 2022
Don’t let go! The fight is not over until the referee announces it! #UFCVegas59
— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) August 7, 2022
If it’s a half-ass, you gotta go before your arm breaks #UFCVegas59
— Thiago Moises (@ThiagoMoisesMMA) August 7, 2022