Amanda Ribas


Hands Mackenzie Dern first loss
October 12, 2019
Ribas defeated Mackenzie Dern via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
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.
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Set to face Mackenzie Dern in October
July 29, 2019
Ribas will face Mackenzie Dern in a strawweight bout at a UFC Fight Night event October 12, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Ribas looked very impressive in her UFC debut, scoring a submission victory in the second round back in June. She has a tough draw in her opponent, Dern, who's 7-0 in her MMA career, but has been out the last year to give birth to her daughter. Dern also has a history of problematic weight cuts, so be sure to tune in to weigh-ins if you plan on using either fighter in fantasy lineups.
Puts strawweights on notice
June 29, 2019
Ribas defeated Emily Whitmire via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:10 of Round 2 at UFC Minneapolis on Saturday.
It's been a long road to the UFC for Ribas, who was signed in May of 2017 but had her career immediately derailed by a USADA suspension that was later reduced due to the discovery of a tainted supplement. Fast forward more than two years, and Ribas essentially dominated a fighter on a two-fight UFC winning streak. She was comfortable throwing hands early, and took the back of Whitmire in the first-round. While she wasn't able to take her neck at that point, it didn't take long into the second round for the Brazilian to go back to work on the ground. She locked in the RNC and ended up securing a victory where she absorbed only seven significant strikes. After the long layoff, it's reasonable to expect a quick turnaround as Ribas looks to make up for lost time.
Return fight booked
May 7, 2019
Ribas will take on Emily Whitmire in a strawweight matchup at UFC Minneapolis on June 29, reports.
Ribas is fresh off a two-year USADA suspension after testing positive for the banned substance Ostarine, which ultimately ended early due to the possibility of a contaminated supplement. At just 25 years old, there's plenty of time for a fresh start. It's been a while since her last fight, however, as Ribas last competed on May 21 of 2016 under the banner of Max Fights, a Brazilian-based promotion. Five of her six wins have been earned via stoppage, but she'll now face an opponent in Whitmire that is coming off back-to-back wins in the UFC Octagon.
Suspension ends early
May 3, 2019
Ribas has had her two-year suspension lifted, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Ribas was originally handed her suspension dating back to a failed drug test June 7, 2017, but that sentence has now been reduced and eliminated due to the likelihood of a contaminated supplement. She's now eligible to fight again and make her UFC debut, which she was going to make July of 2017 before the punishment was handed down by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Receives two-year suspension
January 10, 2018
Ribas was suspended for two years by the USADA on Wednesday, stemming from a doping violation in June, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Ribas was flagged by the USADA this past summer following an out-of-competition sample collected on June 7, which caused her to be removed from her fight against Juliana Lima at TUF 25 Finale. She was initially placed on temporary suspension while the case was worked out, but now it has become clear that Ribas will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, as the suspension will run through June of 2019. Ribas has yet to make her debut in the UFC.