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.

After her big knockout win at UFC 257, what’s next for Marina Rodriguez?

Heading into UFC 257, all of the attention was on Amanda Ribas (10-2) when it came to the PPV opener. Ribas had a ton of hype behind her and many believed that she was the next big thing at strawweight.

However, Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2) was ready to make a statement at UFC 257. Despite both of these strawweight contenders being ranked around the same spot, all of the attention was on Ribas.

For Ribas to win, she was going to need to get this fight to the ground. Rodriguez has incredible standup skills, but she’s been in trouble when facing good grapplers. With that in mind, she really struggled in the first round at UFC 257.

In the first round, Ribas was able to land a takedown. Once on the ground, Ribas controlled Rodriguez for the majority of the round and landed some nice shots. However, the second round was a completely different story.

Ribas didn’t go for a takedown in the second round. Instead, she stood in the pocket with Rodriguez and she paid for it. Seconds into the round, Rodriguez dropped and hurt Ribas badly.

Rodriguez followed up with some shots and Herb Dean seemed to step in. She moved away to celebrate the win before realizing that the fight wasn’t stopped. Rodriguez then stepped right back in and finished Ribas off with a vicious elbow to close the show at UFC 257.

What’s next after UFC 257?

On the biggest stage against an opponent with a ton of hype, Marina Rodriguez performed at her very best. Her knockout win at UFC 257 is the biggest win of her career and it’s huge for her position in the strawweight division.

The new rankings just came out today and Rodriguez has moved up to sixth in the UFC’s strawweight division. With that big win on that stage, it appears that Rodriguez will get a big name in her next fight.

In looking at the strawweight division, I think a good fight for Rodriguez would be Michelle Waterson (18-8). Waterson is coming off of a big win over Angela Hill back in September and since 2018, she’s only lost to former champions.

The Karate Hottie is currently ranked two spots behind Rodriguez at eight. However, she has a big following and she’s a big name. The winner of that fight would be in a great position to challenge someone in the UFC’s top five.

Marina Rodriguez knocks out Amanda Ribas at UFC 257

Kicking off the UFC 257 main card was an anticipated strawweight matchup. Budding superstar, Amanda Ribas (10-1) took on fellow Brazilian, Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2). Both entered this contest inside the UFC‘s top ten.

Ribas has taken the MMA world by storm over the past year. From her skill in the octagon to her infectious personality, the Brazilian seems to have it all. As mentioned, she’s extremely skilled.

Ribas entered the octagon tonight undefeated in the UFC. She has wins over Paige VanZant, Mackenzie Dern, and Randa Markos in her career so far. However, it was clear that her toughest test stood in front of her tonight.

Marina Rodriguez earned a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series a couple of years ago. However, her UFC run hasn’t been the smoothest thus far. It is worth noting that she’s faced top competition.

So far she is 2-1-2 in her five fights inside the octagon. Rodriguez suffered her first career loss to former UFC champion Carla Esparza in her last fight. She was looking to get a huge bounce back win tonight and stop the hype train of Amanda Ribas.

UFC 257 Recap

Round 1

The first fight on the UFC 257 main card got started with a touch of the gloves. Ribas was trying to work her way inside early with straight punches. However, Rodriguez was doing a good job of circling around the outside.

Both ladies connected with a few shots, however Ribas was able to work her way in. Rodriguez made an error that allowed Ribas to get ahold of her. Once she grabbed her, Ribas was able to land the takedown with a few minutes to work.

Rodriguez was able to keep Ribas inside the guard. However, Ribas was doing well at landing shots on Rodriguez. Rodriguez tried to throw up submissions, but Ribas did a good job of defending. The round comes to an end and it’s 1-0 for Ribas at UFC 257.

Round 2

The second round of the UFC 257 bout kicked off with Ribas looking to close the distance. Rodriguez was looking to work her kicks to keep her distance. Ribas worked her way in but Rodriguez landed a massive right hand that dropped Amanda Ribas.

Amanda Ribas folded and Rodriguez followed up with a few shots. Herb Dean stepped in and there was a moment of confusion. The fight wasn’t stopped after Rodriguez thought it was. She went right back to work and finished off Amanda Ribas. Massive win for Marina Rodriguez.

Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas by TKO – Round 2

UFC 257 Preview: Amanda Ribas – Marina Rodriguez

At UFC 257, one of the rising stars of the promotion will make the walk for the fifth time. Kicking off the PPV main card tomorrow night, rising star, Amanda Ribas (10-1), will be taking on fellow Brazilian, Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2).

Amanda Ribas has star written all over her and the UFC knows it. Ribas has an extremely vibrant personality and she seems to captivate the attention of everyone. Not too mention the fact that she’s unbeaten in the UFC.

The rising strawweight contender made her debut with the promotion just about a year and a half ago. Since then, Ribas has gone 4-0 in the UFC with wins over Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos, and Paige VanZant.

Originally, Ribas was supposed to take on Michelle Waterson at UFC 257. However, Waterson had to pull out of the fight and in stepped the top ten contender, Marina Rodriguez.

Rodriguez suffered her first career loss in her last fight that came during the UFC‘s first trip to Fight Island. She took on former strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, and Esparza was able to walk away with a split decision.

Rodriguez earned herself a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender series back in 2018 when she scored a first round knockout. Since the, she’s 2-1-2 in five fights with the promotion. The highlight of her tenure was a win over Tecia Torres.

UFC 257 Prediction

Based on their past performances and looking at their skillsets, I can see a path to victory for both of these ladies at UFC 257. For Ribas, she’s going to have to keep this fight in close quarters.

She would be best served to try and force this fight to take place on the ground or in the clinch. In those two positions, I think she has a massive advantage over Marina Rodriguez. However, I’m not sure she’d have a pure striking advantage.

For Rodriguez, she’s going to need to keep this fight at range. If this is purely a striking match from distance at UFC 257, I think that Rodriguez could pickup the win and derail the Ribas hype train.

That said, I really like Amanda Ribas in this matchup. I believe she’s going to be able to force her way on the inside and I think this fight will touch the mat. Once it does, I think Ribas will be in full control. I’m going out on a limb and I’ll say she picks up a submission tomorrow night.

Prediction: Amanda Ribas by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 2

UFC books Amanda Ribas – Marina Rodriguez

Yesterday we got the news that Michelle Waterson was having to pull out of UFC 257. She was expected to take on rising contender, Amanda Ribas (10-1) in a fight that many fans were looking forward to.

The gut feeling was that the promotion was going to keep Ribas on UFC 257 and search for a new opponent. Well, it didn’t take long for the UFC to find a willing fighter and book another fight for Amanda Ribas.

MMA Fighting was first to report that Ribas will now be taking on Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2) at UFC 257. Rodriguez is currently ranked eighth in the UFC’s strawweight rankings. For the record, Waterson is ranked seventh.

This is a great switch from the promotion who is trying to build up Ribas. They were able to quickly get her another opponent who is ranked in virtually the same position as her previous opponent.

Since making her UFC debut back in 2018, Rodriguez is 2-2-1. A mixed bag of results, but she’s been taking on some top competition since her appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Rodriguez suffered her first career defeat back in July when she lost to former champion, Carla Esparza, by split decision. Prior to that, she had fought to a draw with top flyweight contender and former strawweight, Cynthia Calvillo.

UFC 257 Strawweight Matchup

This is a fantastic matchup pairing together top UFC strawweights. Again, the promotion did a fantastic job of rebooking Ribas and giving her a top ten contender. Both of these ladies show so much promise in their careers.

You get the feeling that the UFC is going to really push Amanda Ribas. She’s become a favorite of the promotion and she’s ran through her UFC competition so far. Notably holding wins over Mackenzie Dern and Paige VanZant.

Ribas will enter the cage in January as the ninth ranked strawweight in the UFC. If she’s able to pickup the victory in January, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the promotion try to move her up against a top five opponent next.

UFC: Michelle Waterson – Amanda Ribas is off

A highly anticipated UFC strawweight matchup is off. MMA Fighting was first to report that the strawweight clash between Michelle Waterson (18-8) and Amanda Ribas (10-1) has been called off.

Waterson is the one who had to pull out of the matchup. Reasons have not been given as to why the fight is off. The strawweight fight was scheduled to take place on the main card of UFC 257, headlined by Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

Waterson was looking to pickup her second straight win in the UFC. The Karate Hottie has been on a journey where she is attempting to become the first UFC champion that’s a mom.

She’s gotten close to a title shot a couple of times. However, she’s faltered when she had to go up against the elite of the UFC‘s strawweight division. She just picked up a big win over Angela Hill back in September. That win snapped a two-fight losing streak.

This is the second straight UFC fight that has fallen out for Amanda Ribas. Originally, Ribas was supposed to take on Carla Esparza at UFC 256, however, that fight ultimately fell through which led to the Waterson fight.

The UFC’s plan

At this time there is no word on what the UFC is planning on doing. With the event being more than a month away, the likely scenario is that the promotion will move to make another fight for Amanda Ribas.

Ribas is becoming a star in the strawweight division. Between her personality and her performances inside the octagon, she’s becoming a bright spot at strawweight. Ribas last competed at UFC 251 where she submitted Paige VanZant.

Ribas is undefeated since joining the UFC back in June of 2019. Most notably, Ribas is the only fighter to have defeated Mackenzie Dern. She won that fight by unanimous decision last October. Again, I think the promotion is going to try and keep Ribas on the card as of now.