Pannie Kianzad was subject to horrific injuries but managed to beat Lina Langsberg by points on the UFC Fight Night.
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UFC star Pannie Kianzad had to lose her two front teeth, and she was left with a swollen nose from a brutal defeat over Lina Langsberg.
After three rounds in Las Vegas, the Iranian was raised by Kianzad. But she was left with bruising injuries. Kianzad did not make light of her injuries following the fight. She pointed out the gaping hole in the mouth and had already put her teeth back in before she gave her postfight interview.
She said, “Reflecting on the fight,” “I have a glimpse of memories from the fight; I feel like the first round I had really god ground, taking her back and I got good ground and pound in.
“The second round was great. I felt good and then I was on the ground. I was confused… Did I get knocked down? It was fast and I believe she could win the round. I took it back afterward so I didn’t feel [the knockdown]It was extremely meaningful. I would not have liked to be punched if I was still on the ground.
‘I took her third round back. I felt that my hands were very sharp. At the start of the fight, I was cut by her. Then I was cut again and everything was bleeding. I felt fast, and I didn’t think I had any problems with the stuff I did.”
With her victory, Kianzad bounced back from a decision defeat by Raquel Pennington last September. The 30-year-old lost her debut fight in the UFC in 2019 but then embarked on a four-fight winning streak before meeting Pennington.
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And Kianzad later called out Aspen Ladd who herself was beaten by Pennington last weekend. “Aspen Ladd and I should be fighting now. She had a great battle with Rocky; she lost, but I thought that ‘Rocky was great. She’s been in the 145lb division but she wants to be at 135lb. That’s what I think is the match for her.
“She beat Lena, I beat Lena, so let’s go. I see myself fighting in late summer if I can. This is what I do; how many times can you say I’m a UFC fighter? I do this for a living and I want to do it until I can’t do it anymore.”