Liana Jojua
She Wolf

Georgia

Out
Injury Face
Est. Return 5/1/2021
Won't fight for six months
FlyweightUFC
Out
October 27, 2020
Jojua was hit with a 180-day medical suspension Tuesday, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The exact nature of Jojua's injury is unclear, but she won't be able to fight unless cleared by an ENT, indicating some sort of facial injury. She suffered the injury while taking a beating against Miranda Maverick on Saturday, losing via TKO after the first round. She'll be out for a minimum of two months and won't fight before April unless cleared by a doctor.
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Falls at UFC 254
FlyweightUFC
Out
October 24, 2020
Jojua lost to Miranda Maverick via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Jojua did the best she could, but she was totally overwhelmed on the feet by her debuting opponent. Virtually all of Jojua's offense comes via her ground game, and she never had any chance against Maverick in an extended kickboxing match. Jojua has now alternated wins and losses in her first three UFC bouts. Time is on Jojua's side, however, as she won't turn 26 years of age until next March.
Fight with Miranda Maverick on tap
FlyweightUFC
Out
September 7, 2020
Jojua (8-3-0) is slated to face Miranda Maverick (7-2-0) in a flyweight fight Oct. 24 at UFC 254, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
A venue for UFC 254 has yet to be announced, but the event will most likely be held at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Jojua will be making her third trip to the Octagon after losing in her promotional debut against Sarah Moras last September before bouncing back with a first-round win over Diana Belbita on July 15 at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Earns first UFC victory
FlyweightUFC
Out
July 15, 2020
Jojua defeated Diana Belbita via submission (Armbar) at 2:43 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was a nice rebound effort from Jojua on the heels of her knockout loss to Sarah Moras in her company debut last September. A pure mat specialist, Jojua was taken down down by Belbita early in the fight but quickly managed to grab hold of her opponent's arm and pull for dear life. It took a while, but Jojua was finally able to secure the stoppage. Jojua remains a virtual unknown despite the victory here. Six of her eight career wins have come via submission, but the 25-year-old has faced no one of note in her young MMA career and there is no reason to believe Jojua is a threat to the better fighters in the division at this time.
Facing Belbita on 'Fight Island'
FlyweightUFC
Out
June 15, 2020
Jojua (7-3-0) is scheduled to take on Diana Belbita (13-5-0) at a UFC Fight Night event July 15 in Abu Dhabi, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Jojua and Belbita become the latest fighters to make the trip to UFC's "Fight Island," with both women looking to rebound from losses in their last trips to the Octagon. In the case for Jojua, she took a third-round loss via ground and pound to Sarah Moras in a bantamweight clash last September at UFC 242, while Belbita lost via unanimous decision to Molly McCann at UFC Boston in a flyweight fight last October. It's unclear whether the July 15 match will be a bantamweight or flyweight fight.
Gets worn down in UFC debut
FlyweightUFC
Out
September 7, 2019
Jojua lost to Sarah Moras via TKO ( punches) at 2:26 of Round 3 at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Jojua came into this fight thinking she had an advantage on the feet, but it didn't appear as though she was the better fighter anywhere, as she was outstruck and worn down in the clinch before Moras made easy work of her on the ground in the final frame. Jojua has a tendency of throwing herself into bad positions with the expectation that she will come out on top, but that strategy was doomed to fail against a strong, experienced grappler like Moras. At this point, it's not entirely clear that Jojua has any one elite skill, which could see her struggle at the highest level. She falls to 7-3 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.