South Africa’s JP Buys made his full UFC debut in Las Vegas on Saturday wife his wife Cheyanne on the same card which gave the couple a chance at making UFC history.
While the UFC has seen a married couple compete on the same card before, the Buys’ were aiming to become the first couple to come away with victories.
Unfortunately that was not the case.
Both JP and Cheyanne earned their way into the UFC through Dana White’s contender series.
JP Buys took on Brazil’s Bruno Silva.
Silva knew he needed a statement performance in the final fight on his UFC contract.
Silva (11-6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) delivered with a second-round TKO of Buys (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in their flyweight bout, which opened Saturday’s card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Silva dropped Buys three times before referee Mark Smith had seen enough and stepped in at the 2:56 mark of the second round to call a halt to the fight.
The fight didn’t open on such a comfortable note for Silva, who cup-checked Buys in the opening seconds of the bout.
Seconds later, it was his outstretched fingers that caught Buys and brought a hard warning from Smith.
Eventually, Silva found his range and dropped Buys with a right hand at the end of the first round.
Buys’ toughness wasn’t enough to overcome a deficit in defence and Silva picked up his UFC win after a trio of losses, one of which was overturned because of a positive drug test.
Post-fight, JP Buys took to social media to write,“I’ll live to fight another day. Not the result me or anyone wanted but God has a different plan for me. Congratulations to @brunobulldogufc on his performance. My team and coach @sayif_saud thank you for standing by me through thick & thin.”
Meanwhile, Mexican-born strawweight Montserrat “Conejo” Ruiz showcased a strong grappling game to take Cheyanne Buys down repeatedly over three rounds to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision victory.
The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27 as Ruiz picked up her first win in the UFC while spoiling Buys’ debut.