MMA weekend review: Jessica Andrade triumphs in UFC with rare standing arm-triangle choke

Planet Sport looks back at UFC Vegas 52, UFC's return to London seemingly set for July and a Bellator double header.

Jessica Andrade and Amanda Lemos headlined this week's UFC from the promotion's apex Centre in Las Vegas in a strawweight bout.

Former title holder Andrade would submit Lemos in the first round with the first ever standing arm-triangle, putting her firmly back in the mix at the top of the 115lbs division.

UFC Vegas 52 as a whole struggled with star power, with no notable big names or prospects on the card, with a disqualification and late notice fight cancellation not helping matters

Dean Barry made his promotional debut after an 18 month wait which saw his call-up to the big stage be heavily questioned.

The Irishman would be disqualified after an illegal eye poke which had followed three fouls in the first round, including a spinning kick to Mike Jackson's groin.

Chase Sherman and Alexndr Romanov's fight was called off at the 11th hour. Fans were quick to call this cancellation into question after Sherman agreed to the fight only this week as a short notice replacement, securing himself a third UFC tenure.

UFC to return to London in July

In more positive news for UFC fans, especially those in the UK, the promotion's return to London has seemingly been set for Saturday July 23.

Nick Peet of Fight Disciples would seemingly confirm the date after reports started circulating of a July card in the capital.

This return follows an incredible London card last month, which set the record for most performance bonuses given for a single show, after UFC president, Dana White, handed out cash to each fighter who won within the distance on the night.

More credit was given to these reports when Cage Warriors announced a show at the Indigo at the O2 on the 22nd July, pointing to a similar scenario from March where Europe's leading MMA promotion put on a show the night before the UFC.

Birmingham's Leon Edwards is rumoured to challenge welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, for the title in London, with fans also clamouring to see UK favourites: Paddy "The Baddy" Pimblett, Molly McCann, Darren Till and Tom Aspinall on the card.

Bellator in Hawaii

Outside of the UFC, Bellator headed to Hawaii for a double header.

At Bellator 278 on April 22, former UFC title contender, Liz Carmouche, claimed the flyweight title from Juliana Vasquez.

Carmouche would get the fight to the floor in round four, before getting into the mounted crucifix position and dropping short elbows, forcing the referee to call the fight.

The following night at Bellator 279, Cris Cyborg defended her featherweight title in a rematch with Ariane Blencowe, after winning by unanimous decision.

In the co-main, Raufeon Stots knocked out Juan Archuleta in the third round with a nasty head kick, to win the interim bantamweight title.

The promotion's bantamweight grand prix also received a lot of attention, with Danny Sabatello and Enrique Barzola booking their spots in the tournament with wins, while Stots and Patchy Mix moved into the semi-finals with victories also.

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