Ailin Perez had two fights this week.
On Saturday, Perez gained a unanimous determination over Lucie Pudilova on the preliminary card of UFC Vegas 82. However previous to that victory, Perez additionally had a run in on the UFC PI as she instructed reporters after the combat that the black eye she was sporting into the cage got here from an altercation she had on combat week.
“So, just about I’m somebody identical to everybody else. I don’t have an issue personally with anybody,” Perez stated at her submit combat press scrum (h/t MMA Mania). “What I did was I acknowledged my opinion on-line concerning the combat. I didn’t disrespect anybody; I didn’t discuss about anybody. However this irrelevant woman got here as much as me after I used to be opinionated about one in every of her fights, simply speaking concerning the efficiency that she did. And he or she got here to assault me. She did assault me with the intention to make me pull out of my combat, however I’m sorry, she didn’t obtain it. I gained and fought whatever the assault that befell.
“I wish to thank my coach, who was there on the time of the assault, as a result of if it wasn’t for him, I’d have had a lot worse accidents as a result of he was in a position to take her off me when she was assaulting me,” Perez continued. “And the combat most likely would have been off if it wasn’t for my coach, who saved me.”
Whereas Perez didn’t particularly title the fighter who attacked her, the fighter in query is fellow UFC bantamweight Joselyne Edwards. Edwards additionally gave MMA Mania an announcement concerning the incident, although her model differs fairly starkly from the one Perez provided.
“Whereas we had been combating, her coach attacked me from behind. He was strangling me in order that Ailin would hit me,” Edwards wrote. “Her coach attacked me. I virtually needed to combat two of them. He didn’t shield anybody, he began the combat, he was the one who heated issues in order that the combat would happen, after which he attacked me and was strangling me. Later, once they had already separated me from Ailin, he was nonetheless strangling me and didn’t wish to let me go. He by no means separated the combat; he attacked me whereas she attacked me.”
And per a 3rd account of the scenario, Edwards’ aspect of the story seems to be extra true. MMA Supervisor Alex Davis witnessed the entire scene and claims that Perez’s coach, Javier Oyarzabal, did greater than pull Edwards off Perez, he tried to choke her unconscious earlier than he was stopped.
“I used to be sitting on the big octagon within the P.I. my cellphone once I heard yelling to my proper,” Davis instructed MMAMania.com. “Once I approached the cage, I noticed Ailin and her coach on high of Joselyne, so jumped in to interrupt up the combat. Once I went to assist out and noticed the male coach choking Joselyne with a rear-naked choke, and it was very deep — he was cranking on the choke. If the choke was held on for for much longer, it might have been a horrible scene.
“I’m undecided if she was absolutely unconscious, however she was shut,” Davis continued. “Once I obtained the coach off of Joselyne, the coach was ranting and yelling, making an attempt to proceed to combat. I used to be making an attempt to calm Joselyne down as a result of she thought she was nonetheless combating.”
Edwards is 4-3 within the UFC and most lately misplaced to Nora Cornolle at UFC Paris in September. Along with her win over Pudilova on Saturday, Perez moved to 2-1 within the UFC. There’s at the moment no data on whether or not both fighter will face penalties for the altercation.