Sarah Moras was a long way from her hometown of Kelowna, B.C., and Las Vegas where she trains on Saturday as she emerged victorious in Abu Dhabi.
The Canadian earned a technical knockout win over Liana Jojua in a featured bout on the UFC 242 preliminary card.
The fight was contested at a catchweight of 138 pounds after Moras came in two pounds over the non-title fight bantamweight limit of 136 pounds. Moras forfeited 20 per cent of her purse because she missed weight.
More important than the paycheque deduction, though, was the fact the 31-year-old snapped a three-fight losing streak that dated back to 2017 and it was her first TKO win since she beat Julianna Pena in 2012 in just her second pro fight.
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The event — headlined by a lightweight title unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier — was the UFC’s third event held in the United Arab Emirates. Moras vs. Jojua marked the first women’s bout in Abu Dhabi.
According to the broadcast, the feels-like temperature inside the venue — which was constructed specifically for this event — was in excess of 50 degrees Celsius.
Below are the complete results from the UFC 242 prelims:
— Joanne Calderwood def. Andrea Lee by split decision
— Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lerone Murphy ends in split draw
— Sarah Moras def. Liana Jojua by TKO
— Ottman Azaitar def. Teemu Packalén by knockout
— Belal Muhammad def. Takashi Sato by submission (rear-naked choke)
— Muslim Salikhov def. Nordine Taleb by knockout
— Omari Akhmedov def. Zak Cummings by unanimous decision
— Don Madge def. Fares Ziam by unanimous decision