Talita Nogueira made a triumphant return to MMA competition on Friday, submitting Amanda Bell in the very first round by way of a rear-naked choke. The victory over a top-ten ranked contender puts Nogueira at number-six in the featherweight world rankings.
The 31-year-old is now the third highest-ranked Bellator featherweight competitor. Arlene Blencowe (10-6) sits at number-three, whilst the Bellator featherweight champion, Julia Budd, takes the number-two spot. Budd already owns a victory over Blencowe, which means Nogueira could be next in line for the belt.
The entire fight between Nogueira and Bell can be viewed below, courtesy of MMA Vines.
Bellator 182 took place on August 25 from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, United States.