UFC Vegas 22 was a bit of an off-kilter night of fighting. While there were some tremendous scraps and highlight reel finishes, the biggest headlines from the card come from the two bouts where the least happened. In the main event, Kevin Holland laughed his way to a loss at the hands of Derek Brunson, who kept his flashy opponent pinned to the mat for the majority of their 25-minute fight (watch highlights).
Earlier on the main card, what was supposed to be a showcase fight for highly touted Dana White “Contender Series” signee, Cheyanne Buys, turned into a debacle as her opponent Montserrat “Canejo” Ruiz caught Buys in a bully headlock and tossed her to the ground repeatedly, holding her in that position from bell to bell.
If you missed it, here's Buys vs. Conejo in one photo pic.twitter.com/3UMpfeQG41— MMA mania (@mmamania) March 21, 2021
Outside of being a clinic on how to embarrass your opponent with a simple scarf hold, the fight was nothing to write home about. Until the end when something happened at the final bell to make Buys lose her composure and try to confront Ruiz, yelling, “I’ll follow you home, bitch!”
I'll follow you home, bitch.— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) March 21, 2021
100% MMA pic.twitter.com/CXfE0j2rIc
(Great job as always trying to censor everything, ESPN.)
After, Buys claimed that Ruiz had spit in her face:
“To all my friends and family I just want to say I am sorry for losing my cool after the fight,” Buys wrote on Instagram. “I have never in my life been spit on by an opponent that I gave nothing but respect to.”
But, a closer look at the finishing moments show Ruiz looking like she ... might spit on Buys? But, no spit being spat? Where are the “8K cameras” when you need them?
“No, I didn’t spit on her at all,” Ruiz claimed through a translator at the post-fight press conference. “It probably was the momentum. I’m not the kind of person that likes to spit, and if you spit on someone, that’s crossing the line, and that’s not something I was thinking about doing.”
But, if Buys still wants to follow Ruiz home, we’d advise she learns how to defend a headlock first.
For complete UFC Vegas 22: “Brunson vs. Holland” results and live play-by-play, click here.