LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Brazilian bantamweight Mayra Bueno Silva had to endure a bizarre scene after her fight against Stephanie Egger at UFC Vegas 59.
Silva (9-2-1) put Egger on the arm early in the first round, only to release the commit abruptly, informing the referee that Egger had been tapped. For her part, Iger stood up silently, in disbelief, seemingly confused as to why the fight had stopped.
Eventually, a cageside referee informed the referee that he saw a tap, but the camera used for video review missed it. Silva was very emotional after the game and detailed it in a post-match media appearance.
“I think a lot of kids in Brazil – I learned about character. When she clicks, then [played dumb], wish my kids watched this fight,” she told Cageside Press. “I need them to know not to get dirty. “
Tears fell when I thought of the child. “I thought about my kids and my family. Then I cried,” Silva added with a laugh, “I cried for everything. I cried more than I laughed.”
As Silva later pointed out, she was a fighter, not a judge, though she seemed a little surprised by Iger’s behavior. But, she added, “God sees everything and God is my judge.”
As for what comes next, Silva looks ready to move on. “UFC, hey, listen, put me up against someone, please give me a fight. I’m ready, I’m ready.” It’s better to change one in front of the fans. “Please! This month, it’s been four years since I came to the UFC at the Contenders series [Series] Brazil. four years. Well now, stop Apex. Give me a big stage. “
Watch the full UFC Vegas 59 post-fight press conference featuring Mayra Bueno Silva.