UFC fighter Andre Lima feels 'sad' for opponent after he was released following biting incident

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UFC fighter Andre Lima was on the receiving end of a bizarre incident during his bout against Igor Severino on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Severino bit Lima in the early stages of the second round of their flyweight fight. The bout was stopped and Lima was awarded the victory as he showed the world where he was bitten. Severino was later released over the bite.

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Andre Lima talks about his UFC fight

Andre Lima reacts after his victory against Igor Severino in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 23, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But Lima admitted Monday he feels bad Severino was cut. It was both competitors’ first UFC fight after competing in Dana White’s Contender Series for a shot at earning a spot in the company.

“I feel so sorry, to be honest,” he told TMZ Sports. “I’m sad for him because he came from the same thing, the struggle like I did. He has a family… bright future.

“I feel so much for him because I know the same journey I have, he has too. I feel bad for him.”

Detail view of a bite mark on the arm of Andre Lima during the UFC Fight Night event on March 23, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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The bite actually paid off for Lima in more ways than one.

He earned his first victory in the UFC and remained undefeated in his professional MMA career after competing in Spartacus MMA, R1FS and LFA before reaching the pinnacle of the fight game. He also earned a massive bonus for his troubles.

Igor Severino reacts after his disqualification at UFC APEX on March 23, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Lima got a tattoo around the bite mark immediately after the fight and revealed he was going to get a bonus. White responded on his own Instagram Stories that he was going to give him a $25,000 bonus but upped it to $50,000.

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