Amanda Ribas

Brazil

Destroys Paige VanZant at UFC 251
StrawweightUFC
July 11, 2020
Ribas defeated Paige VanZant via submission (Armbar) at 2:21 of Round 1 at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
That is the type of performance you expect to see from a fighter who enters as a -900 favorite. After backing PVZ up on the feet in the early going, Ribas secured a beautiful trip takedown before working towards the armbar that ended the fight. This one set up as a monumental mismatch on paper and played out exactly that way when the bell finally rang. A win over VanZant means disturbingly little here in the middle of 2020, but Ribas deserves credit for going out and handling her business. Still just 26 years of age, Ribas is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC. The Brazilian is one of the brightest prospects in all of women's MMA.
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Booked for July 11 fight
StrawweightUFC
May 21, 2020
Ribas is expected to fight Paige VanZant (arm) in a flyweight contest at the July 11 UFC event, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ribas and VanZant were originally scheduled to fight at UFC Brasilia in March, and the two will now reportedly have a chance to compete in July. Undefeated three fights into her UFC career, Ribas will look to utilize her large frame and physical style and log another convincing showcase against VanZant. Ribas has a one-inch reach advantage, but the two fighters are even in height.
Rolls over Randa Markos
StrawweightUFC
March 14, 2020
Ribas defeated Randa Markos via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Originally scheduled to face Paige VanZant, Ribas completely dominated her late-notice opponent change in Markos. This was the rare fight in which a score of 30-25 appeared to be totally justified. Ribas finished with a ridiculous 173-56 edge in total strikes landed in addition to all the mat control time she racked up. Her big, physical frame easily overwhelmed an opponent in Markos with little defensive ability. Three fights into her UFC career, Ribas looks legit. In addition to rolling over Markos, the Brazilian also took a decision from Mackenzie Dern and submitted Emily Whitmire. A step up in competition is coming. Perhaps the UFC will look to re-book the VanZant fight whenever PVZ is ready to return from yet another arm injury.
Gets new opponent
StrawweightUFC
January 23, 2020
Ribas will now take on Randa Markos in a strawweight matchup at UFC Brasilia on March 14.
ANALYSIS
Ribas had initially agreed to take on Paige VanZant (arm), but she apparently won't be ready to make her return to the Octagon after suffering multiple arm injuries that have left her sidelined since January of 2018. Ribas is coming off back-to-back wins, most recently defeating Mackenzie Dern via unanimous decision at UFC Tampa in October. Markos defeated Ashley Yoder via split decision at UFC Singapore in October after dominating the striking battle in that matchup. The two fighters are even in height while Ribas has a slight reach advantage.
Agrees to fight VanZant
StrawweightUFC
November 25, 2019
Ribas has agreed to take on Paige VanZant at UFC Brazil on March 14, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ribas is coming off a victory over Mackenzie Dern in October at UFC Tampa. The Brazilian will welcome Vanzlant, who has not fought since January of 2018 due to multiple arm injuries, back to the strawweight division. While contracts have yet to be signed, both fighters have agreed to the contest.
Hands Mackenzie Dern first loss
StrawweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Ribas defeated Mackenzie Dern via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
Ribas recognized Dern's greatest - and perhaps only -- weakness, and exploited it. She stuffed all six of Dern's takedowns attempts and smashed her on the feet. Ribas knew going in that she would have a significant advantage if this turned into a kickboxing match and that turned out to be exactly the case. Ribas rarely gets talked about at 115 pounds, but she turned just 26 years of age in August and she's legitimately talented. She can win a fight on the feet or on the mat and she is continuously improving. Dern entered this one as the bigger name, but there's zero doubt who the better fighter is. Keep an eye on Ribas.