Washington D.C’s Shana Dobson pulled off a historic upset in Vegas last evening, beating Mariya Agapoya via ground-and-pound KO in round 2. Dobson closed as an 8-to-1 underdog, which puts the win in historic territory. It was the largest win for a UFC underdog since Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey in 2015. The upset was also in the same league as Matt Serra’s victory over GSP way back in 2007, according to Ariel Helwani.
Shana Dobson was 1-3 in the UFC headed into the bout with Agapoya, her lone win coming on The Ultimate Fighter 26 finale. The D.C. native had lost her last three, all in the UFC outright. Her most recent loss was a first round KO to Priscila Cachoeira in February. Getting cut becomes a real threat at 0-4, so this was a huge fight to say the least.
Dobson rose to the occasion, however, securing the finish via ground-and-pound in round 2. A clearly battered Agapoya was carted off following the KO; a win that netted Shana Dobson a $50,000 Performance of the Night check.
Prior to Shana Dobson, Roxanne Modaferri’s 5-to-1 underdog victory over Maycee Barber at UFC 246 was the biggest of the year.
Other Notes from UFC Vegas 7:
- Frankie Edgar became one of 11 modern UFC fighters to win in three weight classes following a split decision win over Pedro Munoz. Edgar moved into the win column at Bantamweight in a fight that certainly lived up to the hype.
- Daniel Rodriguez secured a wild comeback knockout over Dwight Grant. After being dropped early, Rodriguez ate ground-and-pound for a solid 30 seconds before getting back up. Both fighters had taken the fight on a day’s notice as their respective opponents were forced to withdraw.