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MMA Community Responds to Istela Nunes’ Severe Arm Injury at UFC Vegas 77

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Istela Nunes' arm injury

Saturday proved to be a night of terrible loss for Istela Nunes as she faced not only her fourth consecutive defeat but also suffered a devastating arm injury that surpassed the pain of previous losses.

During the UFC Vegas 77 event, Nunes was pitted against Viktoriya Dudakova, an undefeated newcomer to the UFC. Unfortunately for Nunes, the fight took a turn for the worst. Dudakova attempted a takedown in the opening minute, which resulted in a horrifying dislocation of Nunes’ elbow as she tried to brace her fall by placing her arm on the mat. The brutal injury led to an immediate halt to the fight, 34 seconds into the first round, and a TKO victory for Dudakova. It looks like a lengthy recovery period is in store for Nunes.

Nunes’ distressing injury swiftly drew reactions from the MMA fraternity, with her fellow UFC fighters expressing their sympathy and extending their wishes for her recovery. Here’s what some of them had to say:

Michael Bisping (@bisping): “If a fighter can’t continue due to something which was legal, then it’s a win. That’s the rule (or breaks).” (July 16, 2023)

Diana Belbiță (@DianaBelbita): “I feel so bad for Istela Nunes. This might have been her last opportunity to validate her place in UFC. I hope she gets another chance.” #UFCVegas77 (July 16, 2023)

C H T O V E R A (@chitoveraUFC): “That arm…” (July 16, 2023)

Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170): “That was horrific.” (July 16, 2023)

Bodybagz_Pyfer (@joe_pyfer96): “I know that pain. A terrible arm break like that will surely sideline her for at least a year.” (July 16, 2023)

Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues (@gregory_mma): “Wishing for her swift recovery. Sad.” #mma #mmatwitter (July 16, 2023)

Joaquin New Mansa Buckley (@Newmansa94): “OMG #UFCVegas77” (July 16, 2023)

Cody Durden (@Cody_Durden): “I hope she recuperates quickly. It’s hard to witness such incidents.” #UFCVegas77 (July 16, 2023)

Jared Vanderaa (@Jaredvanderaa): “Terrible…” #UFCVegas77 (July 16, 2023)

Chris Daukaus (@ChrisDaukausMMA): “#UFCVegas77” (July 16, 2023)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Istela Nunes’ arm injury

Who did Istela Nunes fight at UFC Vegas 77?

Istela Nunes fought against Viktoriya Dudakova at UFC Vegas 77.

What happened to Istela Nunes during the fight?

Less than one minute into the fight, Nunes suffered a severe arm injury when Dudakova attempted a takedown. Nunes tried to brace her fall by posting her arm on the mat, leading to a horrifying dislocation of her elbow.

What was the outcome of the fight?

The fight was immediately stopped just 34 seconds into the first round due to Nunes’ severe arm injury. Viktoriya Dudakova won by TKO.

What has been the reaction of the MMA community to Nunes’ injury?

The MMA community quickly responded to the incident with sympathy and well-wishes for Nunes’ recovery. Many fellow UFC fighters expressed their condolences and hopes for her swift recovery.

What is the projected recovery time for Nunes after this injury?

Though an exact time frame hasn’t been specified in the text, one fellow fighter, Bodybagz_Pyfer, estimated that an arm break of this severity could sideline Nunes for a minimum of one year.

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Luchador_Larry July 17, 2023 - 11:59 am

i cant evn imagine the pain.. tough sport, it ain’t for everyone! Get well soon Nunes.

OctagonObsessed July 17, 2023 - 12:57 pm

Nunes has had a tough run lately, but this is brutal. Hang in there girl, the MMA community is behind you!

SubmissionSam July 17, 2023 - 2:30 pm

Can’t stand seeing these injuries. Part of the game I guess but it never gets easy to watch. Heal up soon, Nunes.

FistFightFrank July 17, 2023 - 7:24 pm

Dang! A broken arm like that, shes probably out for a year. Tough break for sure.

MMA_Fanatic90 July 18, 2023 - 8:38 am

OMG, poor Nunes… that’s gotta hurt! Hope she bounces back soon. #UFCVegas77


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