Paige VanZant was as close to a point of life as a 24-year-old could be.
The much hyped flyweight had lost two straight and three of the four entering their main UFC fight against Brooklyn against Rachael Ostovich.
Then Ostovich left and convincingly won the opening round.
But VanZant recovered in the second and won an impressive final victory. The stop time due to the completion of the armlock was 1:50 of the second round.
"I was scared in the first round, obviously I have a lot to work on," VanZant said. "I want to thank Rachael for taking the fight."
Ostovich got the best of things in the first round, using a couple of drops. Although he did not do much with his top position, it was enough to win the round, since VanZant could not do much.
In the second, the PVZ, who now trains at Gracie Barra in Portland, got the fall and wasted little time going to work. VanZant worked for an armlock, and while Ostovich positioned himself and almost escaped, she did not get there. VanZant landed on Ostovich's arm, and Ostovich soon struck.
"I heard her arm burst, I came back and I know she'll come back strong as well."
Ostovich competed two months after suffering orbital injuries in an incident of domestic violence in Hawaii. The UFC was harshly criticized in confrontation with Ostovich's placement on the same card as condemned domestic aggressor Greg Hardy. In a show of support, Ostovich was cornered by several family members for the fight rather than his coaches.
VanZant improved to 8-4 with his fifth career stoppage win. Ostovich fell to 4-5 in his career, 1-2 in the UFC.