Jinh Yu Frey

USA

Booked for March bout
StrawweightUFC
December 30, 2020
Frey will take on Glorida de Paula in a strawweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for March 13, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Frey has struggled in her recent fights, losing two matchups in a row. She most recently lost to Loma Lookboonmee via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in early October. She'll attempt to snap her losing streak against de Paula, who will be making her UFC debut after defeating Pauline Marcias via unanimous decision at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in November. De Paula has advantages in both height and reach.
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Falls to 0-2 in UFC
StrawweightUFC
October 3, 2020
Frey lost to Loma Lookboonmee via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Frey was leading the dance early and landing the more damaging strikes, but her time ahead on the scorecards was short-lived. After a few minutes, Lookboonmee was able to take some momentum back, landing what the telecast referred to as "Tomahawk elbows" while in the clinch. Frey tried to neutralize her opponent's clinch work with a few takedown attempts, but she didn't find any success. The second round was more of the same, as Frey ate several hard knees to the body while in the Thai clinch, in addition to more of those patented elbows. It started to affect her striking as well, as Frey was keeping her hands down in an effort to fend off Lookboonmee's body work. Entering the third after having lost both of the first two rounds, Frey's corner asked her to wrestle, and she answered with a takedown in the first 30 seconds. Frey then moved to side control, but Lookboonmee scrambled up to her feet. For the rest of the way out, Frey was unable to get this fight back to the mat, and Lookboonmee clearly out-pointed her standing up. It was ultimately an easy call for the judges.
Targeted for October matchup
StrawweightUFC
July 28, 2020
Frey is in line for a strawweight matchup against Loma Lookboonmee at an undetermined location Oct. 3, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Frey made it to the third round of her UFC debut back on June 27 before getting submitted via armbar. She was losing the significant striking battle 26-to-31 at the time of her defeat, which doesn't necessarily bode well for volume projections moving forward. She'll now set her sights on Lookboonmee, who is 1-1 with the company and able to hang tough in a decision loss to UFC staple Angela Hill back in February.
Taps out in UFC debut
StrawweightUFC
June 27, 2020
Frey lost to Kay Hansen via submission (Armbar) at 2:26 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Frey started quickly in her UFC debut but was unable to sustain it. She easily won Round 1 on the strength of her striking. The difference on the feet between the two newcomers was noticeable. The issues for Frey in Rounds 2 and 3 came on the mat. She really struggled with the grappling of Hansen, eventually tapping out to an armbar midway through the final frame. Frey is a former Invicta champion, but that came at atomweight. The fact the UFC doesn't have a 105-pound division combined with her age (35 last month) leaves Frey's future cloudy.
Joins UFC, gets immediate debut
StrawweightUFC
June 21, 2020
Frey signed to the UFC's roster on Sunday and will make her debut against Kay Hansen on June 27 in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Frey and Hansen, both former Invicta staples and newly-signed to the UFC, will square off in what will likely be a strawweight matchup Saturday. As a former Invicta champion, the 35-year-old Frey will have a clear advantage in terms of experience over Hansen -- who stands as the UFC's second-youngest fighter at just age 20.