Amanda Ribas


Finished as massive favorite
January 23, 2021
Ribas lost to Marina Rodriguez via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of Round 2 at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Well, that will certainly slow the momentum of the surging Ribas. It's a particularly stinging result considering how dominant she was in Round 1. Ribas scored an easy takedown about 90 seconds into the fight and remained in top position the rest of the way. Unfortunately, she ate one massive shot early in Round 2 and was unable to recover. Referee Herb Dean (who has had a rough go of it lately) gave Ribas all the time in the world and then some to get her act together, but it clearly wasn't happening. Ribas is almost certainly a better all-around fighter than Rodriguez, but you won't get anywhere in this sport if your chin doesn't hold up, and Ribas' didn't here. It's the first UFC loss for the 27-year-old Brazilian. She had won her prior four fights with the company.
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Gets new opponent for UFC 257
December 8, 2020
Ribas will face Marina Rodriguez in a strawweight bout at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, reports.
Ribas was originally slated to match up with Michelle Waterson in January, but Waterson was forced to drop out for undisclosed reasons. She was also slated to face Carla Esparza in December before that bout fell through. Ribas is 4-0 in UFC and last took down Paige VanZant via submission at UFC 251 in July.
Gets a major step up
November 3, 2020
Ribas is being targeted for a strawweight matchup against Michelle Waterson at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Ribas improved to a perfect 4-0 in the UFC with a dominant victory against Paige VanZant in July, but has yet to face any fighter that is currently ranked in the strawweight division. That looks like it will change in early-2020 when she draws the No. 6-ranked fighter in Waterson, who picked up a victory against Angela Hill in her last fight. Ribas is well-respected for her grappling prowess, but Waterson can more than hold her own on the mat and does have four submission wins of her own in the UFC. If the fight does stay standing, Ribas will look to capitalize on her four-inch reach advantage.
Needs new opponent for UFC 256
October 9, 2020
Ribas will no longer be taking on Carla Esparza at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, reports.
The matchup had been verbally agreed to but evidently was never finalized and has since fallen through. Ribas is expected to remain on the card against a different opponent. The UFC hopes that Ribas and Esparza can meet up at some point in 2021.
Taking on Esparza in December
September 8, 2020
Ribas is being targeted for a December 12 fight against Carla Esparza at UFC 256, MMAFighting reports.
Ribas will be looking to win her sixth straight fight. She was last in the Octagon in mid-July when she dominated Paige VanZant. She will be fighting Esparza at strawweight, who is coming in on a four fight win streak.
Destroys Paige VanZant at UFC 251
July 11, 2020
Ribas defeated Paige VanZant via submission (Armbar) at 2:21 of Round 1 at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
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.