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Video: Pinheiro carried backstage after illegal upkick from Markos at UFC Vegas 25

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Newcomer Luana Pinheiro needed some help getting to the backstage area after eating an illegal upkick from Randa Markos at UFC Vegas 25.

Strawweight Luana Pinheiro picks up a disqualification win after absorbing an illegal upkick from Randa Markos.
Strawweight Luana Pinheiro picks up a disqualification win after absorbing an illegal upkick from Randa Markos.
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Strawweight fighter Luana Pinheiro did pick up a win during her UFC debut on Saturday, but not in a manner she intended to. The 27-year-old Brazilian won via disqualification after eating an illegal upkick from Randa Markos in the first round of their prelim fight.

The kick was purely accidental but it nonetheless cracked Pinheiro squarely on the jaw. She remained to lie on her back for a few minutes as referee Mark Smith called an end to the fight.

While there was no doubt that she was hit clean, fans are questioning how she handled herself.

Color commentator Paul Felder also insinuated during the broadcast that Pinheiro could’ve been “acting,” a statement he later took back.

As it turned out, Pinheiro may have been greatly compromised by the kick. Here she is being carried to the backstage area by one of her coaches.

The win boosts Pinheiro’s record to 9-1. Markos, on the other hand, is now on her fourth straight loss. Her last victory was a split decision against Ashley Yoder in October 2019.