What’s next for Amanda Ribas following UFC Vegas 54 loss?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC Vegas 54, we saw a pivotal matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top contender Katlyn Chookagian (18-4) was welcoming top strawweight contender Amanda Ribas (11-3) to the flyweight division.

Ribas was coming off of a win against Virna Jandiroba entering UFC Vegas 54. In that fight, she looked much improved from her previous fight and re-established her stock. However, after the fight, she decided to move up and take on the challenge of top contender Katlyn Chookagian.

To be completely honest, I thought Ribas was really going to struggle in this matchup. However, I was wrong. In the first round, Ribas was able to use her sensational judo to get a big takedown on Chookagian. With her ground control time, Ribas definitely took the first round.

Ribas would go on to land takedowns in every single round at UFC Vegas 54. She really showed that she could hang with the best of the best at 125 pounds. However, she was still not doing the best in the stand up. When they were at striking range, Ribas was getting clipped with the crisp straight shots of Chookagian.

In the final two rounds, Ribas also struggled to mount any offense from her takedowns. Combining that with losing the striking and things didn’t look well in terms of the scorecards. Unfortunately for Ribas, when the cards were read at UFC Vegas 54, two of the judges gave the fight and the win to Katlyn Chookagian.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 54?

The decision was brutal for Amanda Ribas and there were plenty of people who thought that she won the fight on Saturday night. Had she been given the decision, she would’ve vaulted to the very top of the UFC’s flyweight division and could’ve been a win away from a title shot.

However, she wasn’t given the decision and now her career’s in a bit of limbo. She’s not at the top of the strawweight division and she’s not at the top at flyweights. She’s somewhere in the middle of the top fifteen in both weight classes. So what’s next?

Well, after watching her on Saturday night, I think she’ll take another fight in the UFC’s flyweight division. She looked good from a size perspective and she looked strong. Ribas also benefited from not having to cut an extra ten pounds. Assuming she stays at 125, who can she fight?

Personally, I would like to see her against someone like Joanne Wood. Wood is currently ranked tenth and it would be a good opportunity for Ribas to get a top ten win at 125. If she could beat Wood, she would firmly establish herself in the UFC’s top ten at 125.

After edging Amanda Ribas at UFC Vegas 54, what’s next for Katlyn Chookagian?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC Vegas 54, we saw a big time matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Consensus number one contender Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian (18-4) was taking on the popular strawweight contender Amanda Ribas (11-3).

Ribas was moving up in weight and she was going right in against the top contender. Heading into UFC Vegas 54, I really liked Katlyn Chookagian to pick up the win. Not because I didn’t like the skillset of Ribas, but Chookagian has proven over and over again how good she is.

Will her performances leave you begging for more? Probably not, but she’s incredibly effective and she always seems to get her hand raised outside of taking on the best of the best. However, the fight didn’t start well for her at UFC Vegas 54.

In the first round, Ribas was able to use her judo to take Chookagian down. With the amount of control she had, I felt comfortable giving the first round to Ribas. In the second round, Ribas was able to land a takedown as well. However, this round had a lot of striking.

Chookagian was able to piece up Ribas on the feet and Ribas did nothing with her takedowns. The third round saw a more even standup battle and Ribas did land a takedown. However, Chookagian still looked to land the bigger shots. In the end, by split decision, Katlyn Chookagian got the win at UFC Vegas 54.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 54?

Once again, Katlyn Chookagian was able to show why she’s the top contender in the UFC’s flyweight division. No, she didn’t run through Amanda Ribas. But, she did what she had to do and ended up winning a decision. Another win in the win column is what she wanted and it’s what she got.

This latest win makes it four in a row for Katlyn Chookagian. Blonde Fighter is 5-1 since her UFC title shot with the lone loss coming against former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade. After this latest win, Chookagian might have setup her next fight.

I think that she even recognizes that she will need one more win before getting a second crack at UFC gold. With that in mind, she called out Manon Fiorot. Fiorot is currently ranked sixth in the division and she’s unbeaten in the UFC.

After losing her professional MMA debut by split decision, Fiorot is a perfect 9-0. Inside the octagon, she’s 4-0 with two stoppages. This is an excellent callout for Chookagian and if she’s able to beat Fiorot, I don’t see how you could deny her of another shot at the title.

UFC Vegas 54 Preview: Katlyn Chookagian – Amanda Ribas

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 54, we are going to see a fun matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian (17-4) will be taking on top strawweight contender Amanda Ribas (11-2).

Ribas will be moving up to 125 pounds for this fight at UFC Vegas 54. When Ribas first came onto the UFC scene, she started off very strong with five consecutive wins. Those wins included wins over the likes of Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos, and Paige VanZant.

Then, Ribas was stopped by Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257. After taking some time off, she returned in October where she defeated Virna Jandiroba. Now, she’s moving up to 125 pounds to take on one of the best in the world.

It’s pretty clear that Katyln Chookagian is becoming a bit of a gate-keeper at 125. Blonde Fighter is definitely one of the very best in the world and her resume shows that. She’s 6-2 in her last eight UFC fights.

The only losses came against Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade. Since the Andrade loss, she’s won three in a row and she’s hoping to get another crack at the UFC flyweight title.

UFC Vegas 54 Prediction

I was really impressed with what I saw from Amanda Ribas in her last fight. She looked much better on the feet and she’s going to need to be sharp at UFC Vegas 54 if she wants to defeat Katlyn Chookagian.

One thing we know for sure about Chookagian is that she’s going to throw with a lot of volume. She’s become so successful at just outworking her opponents and winning decisions. If the fight goes to the scorecards and Chookagian is involved, she’s likely going to get the win.

Ribas is sensational on the ground, but I wonder if her ground skills would get neutralized by the size advantage of Chookagian. For the most part, I see this fight staying on the feet. Now, Ribas’ speed could play a factor in getting her the win at UFC Vegas 54.

However, I’ve seen Chookagian over and over again land just the right amount of shots to win rounds and win fights. Ultimately, I think this is a close one, but Blonde Fighter takes the decision.

Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian by Decision

Katlyn Chookagian gets new UFC contract; Faces Amanda Ribas in May

One of the best flyweights in the UFC is staying put. MMA Junkie reported yesterday that the promotion and “Blonde Fighter” Katlyn Chookagian (17-4) have come to terms on a new contract and they finalized her next upcoming fight.

Combate was the first to report a couple of weeks ago that the UFC had been working towards a matchup between Chookagian and Amanda Ribas (11-2). While that fight was agreed to in principle, there were just some t’s to cross and i’s to dot on Chookagian’s new contract.

Chookagian also hired Ali Abdelaziz to be her new representative per The Underground. Abdelaziz was instrumental in getting her new UFC contract done. Chookagian will enter this May 14th contest riding a three-fight winning streak.

Her ultimate goal is to get another crack at the champion Valentina Shevchenko. In her last eight UFC fights, Chookagian is 6-2 with the two losses coming against Shevchenko and former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.

UFC Test for Ribas

Originally, Amanda Ribas was set to face off against Michelle Waterson on the May 14th Fight Night. However, Waterson had to have surgery and ultimately had to pull out of the fight. The UFC is perhaps giving Ribas a blessing in disguise with this matchup.

While a fight with Waterson was a matchup between fan-favorites, this matchup is much better for Ribas’ spot in the division. If Ribas is able to go in there and beat Katlyn Chookagian next month, it’s massive for her career.

After entering the UFC at 6-1 professionally, Ribas won her first four fights. Two of those wins came against the likes of Mackenzie Dern and Paige VanZant. After that start, she was booked to face off against Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257.

Ribas looked great in the first round of their fight. However, she was stopped less than a minute into the second round. After taking some time to regroup, Ribas returned last October when she took on fellow Brazilian Virna Jandiroba.

It was a big time performance for Ribas and she was able to get back to her winning ways. Now, she has the biggest fight of her UFC career in terms of rankings.

UFC booking Michelle Waterson – Amanda Ribas

The UFC is currently working to finalize a big time women’s strawweight matchup. MMA Fighting was the first to report this afternoon that the promotion was working to finalize Amanda Ribas (11-2) and Michelle Waterson (18-9).

The proposed matchup would take place at a UFC Fight Night on March 26th. Ribas will be looking for her second consecutive win after suffering her first loss in the UFC. That first loss came back in January when Ribas was stopped in the second round by Marina Rodriguez.

That loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for Ribas which included four wins in the UFC. In her last fight against Virna Jandiroba, Ribas looked sensational on the feet. Her striking was her downfall in the Rodriguez fight. However, she completely outclassed Jandiroba on the feet.

Originally, Ribas was supposed to take on Waterson back at UFC 257 when she fought Rodriguez. However, Waterson had to pull out of the fight. Now, these two top contenders will finally meet in a highly anticipated matchup.

UFC Fight Night

Standing across from Ribas is the UFC’s Karate Hottie, Michelle Waterson. Waterson has always been a really tough contender at 115, but she’s never quite reached the pinnacle. Recently, she’s fell on some tough times in the strawweight division.

Over her last four fights, Waterson is just 1-3. That said, two of the losses came against former UFC champions. The other loss came against Marina Rodriguez in a main event back in May. Waterson held her own, but Rodriguez proved to be too much for The Karate Hottie.

This is another tough test for Waterson. Ribas is going to be dangerous wherever the fight takes place. Conventional wisdom would have you believe that Waterson would have the advantage on the feet. However, Ribas’ improvement there might make you think twice.

This should be a tremendous strawweight fight and whoever wins will put themselves in a really good position to move up the rankings.

What’s next for Amanda Ribas after UFC 267 win?

This past Saturday in the featured prelim of UFC 267, Amanda Ribas (11-2) returned to the octagon to face fellow Brazilian and top fifteen strawweight Virna Jandiroba (17-3). Ribas was looking to bounce back after her first UFC loss which came back in January.

So far in her career with the promotion, we’ve seen Ribas display her great skills on the mat. However, her striking has lacked behind just a little. That really showed itself when she took on Marina Rodriguez back in January and got stopped in the second round.

The loss made Ribas go back to the drawing board and address some of the holes in her game. A matchup against BJJ world champion Virna Jandiroba seemed like the perfect opportunity to show off her striking and that is what Ribas did at UFC 267.

Ribas looked like a completely different fighter on the feet Saturday. She was incredibly loose with her hands and mixed up her combinations well. Ribas rocked Jandiroba multiple times on her way to getting a lopsided decision win to get her back on track.

What’s next after UFC 267?

This was a really big win for Ribas at UFC 267. After her first loss with the promotion, she said she had to figure out whether or not she still wanted to fight for a living. There were a lot of doubts, but she proved to herself and the world that she’s going no where.

After that impressive win, what should the UFC do with Ribas next? Well, I don’t think they should rush her right back to the top of the division, but they should give her a solid opponent that’s in the ballpark of her current ranking.

I think that the ideal matchup would be pairing Ribas with Tecia Torres (13-5). The Tiny Tornado has won three consecutive fights and she’s looking for a quality opponent as well. This would be a great fight for both ladies and it would give the UFC a solid contender on the upswing depending on who walks away victorious.

UFC books Amanda Ribas – Virna Jandiroba for the fall

The UFC has finalized a fun matchup between Brazilian strawweights for the fall. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial report from Combate yesterday that stated that the promotion had finalized a matchup between strawweights Amanda Ribas (10-2) and Virna Jandiroba (17-2).

The fight will take place at UFC 267 on October 30th. For Jandiroba, she will be looking to pick up her second consecutive win inside the octagon. She last fought just a few weeks ago when she picked up a win over Kanako Murata.

Prior to that, Jandiroba had a fun fight with Mackenzie Dern back at UFC 256. While Dern picked up the win, Jandiroba proved to be a tough out and actually landed some good shots on the feet. Of course, Jandiroba is known for her skills on the mat as a BJJ world champion.

Jandiroba made her UFC debut back in 2019 against former strawweight champion Carla Esparza. She lost that fight, but overall, Jandiroba is 3-2 in the UFC. Her two losses have come against two of the best strawweights in the world. A win over Ribas in October would put her in a great position to move up the ladder.

Back on the UFC hype train?

Entering 2021, there might not have been a bigger hype train in the UFC’s women’s divisions than Amanda Ribas. Ribas had made her debut back in 2019 and she started 5-0 in the UFC.

Some of her notable wins included wins over Mackenzie Dern and Paige VanZant. The UFC was moving her up the ladder when they had her fight the dangerous Marina Rodriguez back in January at UFC 257.

Had Ribas won that fight, she would have likely been in a title eliminator following it. Ribas did a great job in the first round taking Rodriguez down and controlling the fight. Rodriguez is known for her power on the feet and Ribas did well to avoid it.

However, in the second round, she stood a little too long with Rodriguez and was taken out in the opening minute. It was a big blow that drastically slowed the UFC’s hype train. Ribas was supposed to fight Angela Hill over the summer, but a battle with COVID put her on the sidelines.

Now, Ribas is ready to get back in there. If she’s able to come out and put on a great performance against Jandiroba, she will be right back on track. I’m still a believer in Ribas and I’m looking forward to seeing her back in the octagon.

UFC Vegas 26 Preview: Angela Hill – Amanda Ribas

Kicking off the main card tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 26 is a pivotal matchup in the strawweight division. Fringe top ten contenders will go head-to-head as 11th ranked Amanda Ribas (10-2) takes on 12th ranked Angela Hill (13-9).

Ribas will be looking to bounce back after her first UFC loss in her last time out. Amanda Ribas looked like she was on the fast track to stardom. She had the personality, the look, and the skill to be someone the UFC could really market.

Ribas started out 4-0 inside the octagon win wins over the likes of Mackenzie Dern and Paige VanZant. At UFC 257, the promotion put her against Marina Rodriguez. In the first round, Ribas had success when taking the fight to the ground.

However, in the second round she was knocked out by the striking of Rodriguez. It was a really tough loss for Ribas and the road isn’t going to be easy getting back. Especially with a challenge like Angela Hill in front of her.

Back in June of 2019, Angela Hill lost a unanimous decision to Yan Xiaonan. Since that fight, she has looked completely different. Hill went on a three-fight win streak before losing two tough split decisions to Claudia Gadelha and Michelle Waterson.

A lot of people believe she won both of those fights. Those decisions go her way and Hill could be challenging for the UFC title. She bounced back in March with a dominant win over Ashley Yoder.

UFC Vegas 26 Prediction

To me, this UFC Vegas 26 strawweight contest is going to come down to distance. Amanda Ribas has to keep this fight in close and she needs to use her grappling. I believe in the clinch and on the ground she’s going to have a big advantage.

While Angela Hill has made some improvements, we’ve seen her get submitted before. Ribas definitely has the ground skills to get this done on the mat. On the feet however, I think Hill is going to have the striking advantage.

We’ve seen over her last couple of UFC matchups how good Hill can be from range. If she can keep Ribas off of her, she’s going to find some success from range. If she can, she’s going to win a decision tomorrow night.

Now, what do I think is going to happen? Well, I’m not off the Ribas hype train just yet. I think this fight is going to be incredibly competitive, but I like the grappling of Ribas here. I think she can avoid serious danger on the feet and she’ll get enough control to win a decision here.

Prediction: Amanda Ribas by Unanimous Decision

UFC books Amanda Ribas – Angela Hill

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a fun matchup at strawweight. MMA Fighting was the first to report today that the promotion was in the final stages of booking a matchup between Amanda Ribas (10-2) and Angela Hill (13-9).

The matchup would take place at a UFC Fight Night on May 8th. For Amanda Ribas, May 8th will be a chance to bounce back. Ribas was riding a hype train heading into her last contest back in January at UFC 257.

The Brazilian strawweight was looking to pick up her sixth straight victory when she took on Marina Rodriguez. Rodriguez is known for her dangerous standup so the game plan for Ribas was to get the fight to the ground.

In the first round, Ribas did a great job of that. Ribas got the fight to the ground and really dominated the first round. However, in the second round, she stood up just a bit too long.

Rodriguez rocked her badly on the feet and was able to get the stoppage. Ribas is still ranked in the UFC‘s top ten coming in at tenth, but another loss in May would be a big hit to the hype that was building around her.

Big UFC spot for Angela Hill

It’s crazy to think about where Angela Hill could potentially be if she had a couple of split decisions go her way. Back in 2019 at UFC 238, Hill lost a decision to Yan Xiaonan. However, she really turned the corner after that fight.

Hill won three straight fights and that earned her a shot at former UFC title challenger, Claudia Gadelha. While many people believe that Hill won the fight, two of the judges gave the fight to Gadelha.

After that fight, Hill got a shot against Michelle Waterson. After the original main event fell through, the UFC promoted this strawweight contest to the main event. These two ladies put on an absolute clinic that night.

The fight was against razor close and two of the judges sided against Hill. Had Hill won both of those decisions, she could’ve been poised to see a title eliminator. Instead, she had to take a step back and took on Ashley Yoder a few weeks ago.

Hill completely dominated the fight and now she’s back on track. She will head into the May 8th Fight Night as the 12th ranked strawweight in the UFC. Whoever wins this fight could be looking at a really big spot in their next time out.

After her knockout loss at UFC 257, what’s next for Amanda Ribas?

Going into UFC 257, Amanda Ribas (10-2) was riding a ton of momentum. She was unbeaten with the promotion and her infectious personality allowed her to be easily marketable for the UFC.

If she was able to win on Saturday, she was expected to receive a huge push from the promotion. However, Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2) had different plans for UFC 257. Rodriguez is known as one of the best and most powerful strikers in the strawweight division.

For Ribas to win on Saturday, she needed to lean on her grappling skills. In the first round of their fight, that’s what she did. Ribas was able to land a takedown and she controlled Rodriguez for the majority of the round.

However, in the second round, there was no urgency to get the takedown. Instead, Ribas seemed comfortable and was willing to trade with Rodriguez. This proved to be a major mistake.

Within the first minute, Rodriguez landed a huge right hand as Ribas was coming in. Ribas crashed to the floor and at the 54 second mark of the first round, Rodriguez derailed the UFC hype train of Amanda Ribas.

What’s next after UFC 257?

This was a bad loss for Ribas at UFC 257, but it wasn’t something that will completely derail her career. She had entered Saturday night 4-0 in the UFC, however, Rodriguez was going to be her first really dangerous opponent.

Yes, she had a win over Mackenzie Dern, however, that was after a lengthy layoff for Dern. We also know that Dern isn’t a striker like Marina Rodriguez. While it is a setback, Ribas is fully capable of bouncing back from this loss.

So what comes next after her UFC 257 loss? In looking at the strawweight division, I think there are a few options for Ribas. One option would be Angela Hill (12-9) who is currently ranked 12th in the division.

Hill was the victim of two razor close split decision losses in 2020. Had those gone her way, she would’ve been riding a five-fight winning streak and she would have been a contender for the UFC title in 2021.

Another option for Ribas would be Tecia Torres (12-5). Torres has won two fights in a row after losing four straight. This has her ranked ninth in the division just one spot ahead of where Ribas is.

The last option I have is a matchup against thirteenth ranked Virna Jandiroba (16-2). Any of those three would make great opponents for Ribas and they are all inside the top 13. Get a win over one of those and they hype train gets moving again.