Wife of Brit MMA hero leave opponent unrecognisable in brutal UFC 286 opener
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With husband Dan Hardy in her corner, Veronica Hardy opened up UFC 286 with an upset victory over Juliana Miller in the women's flyweight division.
The 27-year-old Venezuelan married Hardy last year, 13 years after he fought for the UFC Welterweight Championship against Georges St-Pierre.
The Outlaw lifted his wife in the air after her hand was raised following the full three rounds, in which she survived multiple submission attempts while dealing damage on the feet including a huge lump on the forehead of Miller.
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UFC 286 was the promotion's UK return following two bumper events in 2022 which were headlined by heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall.
With welterweight champion Leon Edwards contesting the main event against former pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman, the card was stacked full with British talent.
With debuts for Christian Leroy Duncan, Chris Duncan and Sam Patterson, flyweight rivals Jake Hadley and Muhammed Mokaev also in action on the prelims.
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Dana White expected the event to smash the records broken by the March card of last year, with The O2 selling out in minutes when tickets went on sale earlier in the year.
With Sweden and Paris potential destinations later in the year, a London return remains uncertain despite Aspinall calling for a headline bout against Martin Tybura.
With Molly McCann and Paddy Pimblett fighting on PPV cards in the United States last time out, Arnold Allen's April bout against Max Holloway will also take place across the Atlantic.
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