Jinh Yu Frey

USA

Fight with Ashley Yoder on tap
StrawweightUFC
May 18, 2021
Frey (10-6-0) is scheduled to face Ashley Yoder (8-7-0) in a strawweight fight at the UFC's July 31 event in Las Vegas, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Frey was initially expected to face Istela Nunes on July 31, but that matchup was ultimately nixed due to Nunes' visa issues. Instead, Frey will look to extend her winning streak to two when she takes on Yoder, who lost to Angela Hill via unanimous decision in her most recent bout in March. Frey, meanwhile, picked up her first UFC win in March, when she defeated Gloria de Paula in a unanimous decision.
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Targeted to fight in July
StrawweightUFC
May 11, 2021
Frey is being targeted to take on Istela Nunes (suspension) in a strawweight bout at UFC Fight Night on July 31, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Frey had gone 0-2 in her first two UFC bouts but picked up her first win when she defeated Gloria de Paula via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in March. Nunes received a two-year suspension in 2019 after she tested positive for the steroid stanozolol. She carries a 7-1 overall professional record and will be making her UFC debut against Frey. Nunes has a slight edge in height.
Wrestling leads to first UFC win
StrawweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Frey defeated Gloria de Paula via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's Frey's first victory in three UFC bouts and one that almost certainly saved her job. Frey had her difficulties on the feet in this fight, but two takedowns and 9:33 worth of control time in Rounds 1 and 3 were enough for her to earn the decision. Frey is a former Invicta Atomweight Champion, but the UFC obviously doesn't have a 105-pound division and she has had difficulty with bigger opponents. In many ways, it's the same issue Michelle Waterson has faced since joining the company. Frey -- who turns 36 years of age in May -- is unlikely to go on any sort of run despite this victory.
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.
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.