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UFC bout stopped after fighter bites opponent: ‘I felt the pain’

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Igor Severino competed Saturday in a flyweight bout against Andre Lima at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

The fight was stopped early in the second round as he faced off against the Octagon. Severino wrapped Lima in the cage and video showed him biting his opponent. Lima showed his arm to the referee and the match was stopped.

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Andre Lima complained to referee Chris Tognoni after he was bitten by opponent Igor Severino during a flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on March 23, 2024. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After investigation, Lima was declared the winner.

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“We were having a very good exchange at that point, but then he tried to take me down,” Lima told reporters. MMA Junkie. “I fell down, but I got back up. As I stood up, I screamed in pain. It was a very sharp pain. I really thought the fence had gone into my body. That’s what happened. thought.”

“I started screaming, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa,’ and they started looking at me,” he continued. “I was like, I don’t know what’s going on here. I really thought it was a fence, because there was no way he was going to bite me, especially given the way the fight was going. It was back and forth. It was back and forth on him. It was very good for me and had a lot of potential to be the “Fight of the Night.” So I started screaming. After I felt the pain, I realized he had bitten me. ”

Andre Lima shows off his bite

Andre Lima shows bite marks on his arm during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on March 23, 2024. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Lima said he didn’t have a chance to talk to Severino after the game, but was curious why he decided to bite Severino.

Both fighters were making their UFC debuts. Severino’s UFC career didn’t last long.

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Igor Severino's reaction

Igor Severino during his flyweight bout against Andre Lima at UFC APEX on March 23, 2024 in Las Vegas. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC President Dana White told ESPN that Severino will be released following the bite.

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