An unfortunate moment for the Aussie as Jessica-Rose Clark succumbed to a Rear Naked Choke defeat by Tainara Lisboa at UFC Charlotte this weekend.
Locks the RNC with less than a minute to go in R3!!!! ????
Tainara Lisboa, ladies and gentlemen! #UFCCharlotte pic.twitter.com/cnb5l266aw
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Both fighters exchanged kickboxing combinations to start the opening round, but Clark forced Lisboa to the fence. The Aussie landed some knees in the clinch, but Lisboa reversed the position on the fence. Clark began to pressure Lisboa to the centre of the octagon, but the Brazilian threw the Aussie onto the canvas and held top position for the rest of the round.
A strong start to the second round, with heavy combinations being thrown by both fighters. However, Clark attempted a double-leg takedown against the fence after being stunned with a big right hand by Lisboa. The Brazilian landed a knee against the fence to break the clinch held by Clark. Both fighters threw flurries of strikes for the rest of the round, with Lisboa having dominated most of the exchanges.
The Brazilian attempted a takedown in the centre of the octagon to start the third round, but Clark reversed the position on top. The Aussie tried to mount some offence, but Lisboa defended well while also attempting to secure a submission from closed guard. However, in a scramble, the Brazilian secured a Rear Naked Choke finish to end the fight.
This bout marks the Aussie’s third consecutive loss since 2021. However, Clark is in good spirits as she wrote a heartwarming message on social media. The Aussie currently holds a professional record of 11 wins and 9 losses.
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“Regardless of the outcome, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be ❤️,” Clark said on Instagram.
“THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the overwhelming support from everyone. There’s nothing like walking out to a crowd cheering for you. I’ve seen all of your beautiful msgs and comments, and it means the world to me to have a fan base so filled with love ❤️.”
“I’ll be back. You’ll see me on your tv screens again real soon. Time to bring back the #AussieHooligan.”